Oral appliance treatment is a practical treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. A custom-made oral sleep appliance can make you sleep better, keeps you energetic, and rejuvenates your health.
One of our objectives at Indian Ripple Dental Center is to provide the most conservative treatment possible in every situation. Oral appliances deliver simple, non-invasive care for various sleep conditions. Regardless of the application, every appliance we prescribe is customized for you with excellent fit and function.
What Is an Oral Appliance?
An oral appliance is a device worn only during sleep, and it fits like an orthodontic retainer. Clinical research has proved that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. They are created based on models of your teeth and can be used to fit both on the upper or lower teeth. Oral appliances help to support the jaw in a forward position and, as a result, maintain an open upper airway. Whether we treat nighttime sleep grinding, bite problems, diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, or jaw joint disorders, appliance therapy may assist our treatment. Dr. Stephen Denny employs a variety of innovative designs depending on treatment goals and your preferences.
What Are the Different Kinds Of Oral Appliances?
If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or haven't been helped by CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy, oral appliances may be an effective treatment alternative. Oral appliances which must be worn in the mouth at night include:
Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)
The most commonly used mouth device for sleep apnea, MADs resemble a mouth guard used in sports. The devices will rest over the upper and lower dental mouth arches and have metal hinges that make it comfortable for the lower jaw to be eased forward.
Tongue Retaining Device
A tongue retaining device is less popular than MAD. It consists of a splint that holds the tongue in place to keep the airway open.
For patients with moderate sleep apnea symptoms, particularly those who sleep on their backs or stomachs, dental appliances may improve sleep and reduce the loudness of snoring.
What Is the Procedure for Your Oral Appliance?
Oral appliances are tailor-made using physical or digital impressions of your teeth. These impressions are sent over to a dental lab where the device is manufactured. Once your oral appliance is ready, you will have to return to our dental office for a fitting. Dr. Stephen Denny will adjust the appliance to maximize its comfort and effectiveness. You will also be instructed on how to clean the oral appliance and maintain it.
Dr. Stephen Denny at Indian Ripple Dental Center can help provide solutions that will improve your oral health and sleep issues. Call us today at (937) 427-1749 to schedule your dental consultation and know more about oral appliances.