Sleep Apnea Treatment at the Dentist?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, then you’ll be happy to know that our dental office can play an imperative part of the solution in order to help you sleep better. In the following article we will discuss different kind of treatments that you can see at the dentist office to help you feeling better.
Who Qualifies for Dental Appliances?
Oral Appliance therapy is recommended to patients that have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. If you are unable or unwilling to use nasal CPAP machines, then oral appliances are a great way to maintain the airway open by repositioning your job forward while you sleep. These appliances when used in combination with surgery, traditional CPAP therapy, and weight loss can help you finally combat this disorder.
Those that qualify for dental appliances are patients that primarily snore, those that have failed at CPAP therapy, and patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
How Do Dental Appliances Work?
To begin, there are two major categories of dental devices that include mandibular advancement devices and tongue retaining mouthpieces. Mandibular advancement device devices treat sleep apnea by fitting over the mouth and snapping on the upper and lower dental arches.
Tongue retaining mouthpieces are similar in construction to mandibular advancement devices, but they contain a small compartment that fits around the tongue and use a suction to keep them held forward. This aides in preventing the obstructed airway from collapsing back. These devices are most commonly recommended for patients that cannot adequately have their job position forward.
What We Can Do For You
From all of us here at Complete Dental Leland in Leland, NC, we are not only concerned with how your teeth look or feel, but we also understand the weight our work can have on your entire life. If you still have questions about sleep apnea and want to know how we as dentists can you help you get back to a normal functioning life, we would love the opportunity to help. Please contact via phone or email to set up a consultation appointment and meet up with one of our highly qualified dental professionals.