Oral Appliances Therapy
Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders, affecting millions of Americans of all ages. While mild at first, the effects can grow to become devastating if left untreated, as sleep apnea causes sleep deprivation and increases the risk of serious conditions like heart and liver problems, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. To help alleviate these debilitating symptoms, HomeTown Dental at Belknap offers oral appliance therapy, a powerful treatment option for those looking to get a better night’s rest.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy uses a specialized dental device, similar to an orthodontic retainer, to help keep your airways clear and open. Worn at night while you sleep, oral appliances can be divided into two broad types, mandibular advancing and tongue retaining. Mandibular advancing appliances pull your lower jaw forward by a small amount, while tongue retaining appliances hold the tongue in place so it cannot fall back and obstruct the airway. Some appliances do a combination of both.
What Are the Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy offers a number of benefits over traditional treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. Unlike CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) therapy, oral appliance therapy requires no power source or bulky apparatuses. Oral appliance therapy is often more cost-effective too. Some patients may find that oral appliance therapy can actually augment their CPAP therapy.
Are You a Good Candidate For Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is a great option for patients who have found themselves unable to tolerate the physical discomfort and noise of CPAP therapy. It is also ideal for patients who travel often, especially outdoors or other places that do not have a readily available power supply. An oral appliance is also very easy to care for, simply requiring regular cleanings.
What Is Getting an Oral Appliance Like?
Getting an oral appliance will take multiple visits to our office. During the initial visit, we will perform a complete consultation and dental examination, going over the pros, cons, and costs of oral appliance therapy. We will take a look at your mouth and surrounding areas, and possibly order an x-ray to give us a comprehensive overview of your unique oral healthcare needs. We will then make molds of your mouth which we will use to design your custom-fitted oral appliance. When it is completed, you will come back to our office, where we will fit your appliance to your mouth, and give you instructions on usage and maintenance. Most likely, we will ask you to come back at least a few more times to monitor the fit of the appliance and the therapy’s effectiveness. These visits are critical to your long-term health and for permanently improving your sleep.
Call Today and Find Out How Oral Appliance Therapy Can Help You!
Every day, more and more Americans are choosing oral appliance therapy to treat their obstructive sleep apnea. If you want to join the growing number of patients who are opting for the ease, comfort, and affordability of an oral appliance, then call 682-204-5735 today to find out how HomeTown Dental at Belknap can help you.