Oral appliances for sleep apnea have become a frontline treatment for those affected with this disorder. If you have been diagnosed with a mild to moderate condition and/ or haven’t been helped by the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, try oral appliance therapy.
How do these oral appliances work?
- People with sleep apnea suffer from restricted airflow when they sleep and can actually stop breathing for short periods
- The oral appliances can pull the tongue or move the lower jaw forward (or both) to:
- Increase the tongue’s muscle tone
- Reposition the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula
- Stabilize the lower jaw and tongue
- This keeps the airway open and stops the snoring
Oral appliances for sleep apnea are of 2 types:
- Tongue retaining appliance: Made of a flexible polyvinyl material adapted to the contours of your teeth and dental arches, it has a splint that holds the tongue in place to keep the airway open.
- Mandibular repositioning appliance: More commonly used, it snaps over the upper and lower dental arches and has metal hinges that allow the lower jaw to be eased forward enlarging the airways and improving airflow.
The advantages of oral appliances for sleep apnea:
- Easy to wear
- Convenient to carry
- Non-invasive, reversible treatment
Note: Only a dentist or orthodontist with experience in oral appliances for sleep apnea should administer oral appliance therapy.
Contact Brodhagen Dental Care at 888-452-7613 for an initial consultation or call 920-499-2121 for more information about our oral appliances for sleep apnea.