Oral Appliance Therapy
If you have sleep apnea, you need proper treatment if you want a good night’s rest. In fact, it helps your overall health if you treat your sleep apnea appropriately. At McDonald DDS, our dentists can help you find the proper treatment that will help you get the sleep that you deserve.
Understanding Oral Appliance Therapy
Many people do not think of going to the dentist for sleep apnea, but we have a viable solution that is non-invasive and can help ensure that you breathe properly while sleeping. Oral appliance therapy is like a mouthguard that you wear when you sleep. The mouthguard helps adjust your jaw so that the tissue in the back of your throat does not collapse, causing an obstruction when you breathe.
The oral appliance is custom made by our lab, just for your mouth. This way, you know that you have a perfect fit and that the appliance does what it is supposed to do when you sleep. Our lab makes the appliance from the impressions we take in the office along with any instructions that our dentists provide after examining your mouth and throat for the reason for your sleep apnea. The appliance then simply slips into your mouth at night and you take it out in the morning.
Why Choose Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy provides patients with a non-invasive way to treat sleep apnea. It is also less obtrusive than the CPAP machine, which is a large mask that you must wear in order to push positive air into your body.
You can easily bring oral appliance therapy with you when you travel, as it is small and convenient. While it does require a little care, such as brushing it every day to remove the bacteria and debris that accumulated while you were sleeping, that is a small disadvantage when comparing its other benefits to the CPAP machine or even invasive surgery.
How We Can Help
Once you have diagnosed sleep apnea from a sleep test, our dentists can examine your mouth and throat and decide if oral appliance therapy is a possibility. We will then work with you as a team to help you improve your quality of sleep.
Once we have the oral appliance created, we will make any necessary adjustments to ensure your comfort. We will also follow up with you after you have it for a few weeks to ensure that you are still comfortable and if it seems to be helping. Your partner can help in determining the success of the appliance by to if your level of snoring decreases when you properly use the appliance
If you want to learn more about oral appliance therapy for the treatment of your sleep apnea, call McDonald DDS at (469) 649-0699 today. Our staff will answer your questions or set you up with a consultation with our dentists to help you see if oral appliance therapy is a good fit for your type of sleep apnea.