A sleep appliance is a removable dental device. It can help to treat patients who snore, grind their teeth, or have sleep apnea. Sleep appliances work by shifting the jaw forward to open the airway.
Snoring is often caused by an obstructed airway. Those who snore may also be more likely to have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes a patient to stop breathing periodically throughout the night. Sleep apnea is the most commonly diagnosed sleep disorder. This condition is characterized by pauses in breathing that can last seconds or even minutes. People with sleep apnea wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air.
What are sleep appliances used for?
Sleep appliances are commonly prescribed to treat mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. They are also used to treat snoring, chronic fatigue, and insomnia. They are also sometimes used to prevent teeth from grinding.
Sleep appliances are oral appliances that are worn while sleeping. They are custom-designed by your dentist and work by holding your lower jaw forward. This keeps the airway open, allowing you to breathe freely and get better sleep.
Are sleep appliances effective?
Sleep appliances are quite effective as a treatment option for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Sleep appliances work by repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, and soft palate forward. This moves the airway open, allowing for a more open upper airway. Sleep appliances are custom-made to fit your mouth and can help treat sleep apnea.
When should I consider getting a sleep appliance?
A sleep appliance provides an alternative to CPAP products that treat sleep apnea. You will be a good candidate for a sleep appliance if your sleep disorder is mild to moderate and not life-threatening. Our dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the condition and suggest the most suitable one basis your requirement.
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