Sleep apnea is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition in which breathing is interrupted during sleep. One of the most effective types of non-invasive treatment for sleep apnea is a dental appliance, which is also known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD). In this article, we will explore what dental appliance treatment for sleep apnea entails, how it works, and its potential benefits.
What is a dental appliance for sleep apnea?
A dental appliance is a custom-made device that is worn in the mouth while sleeping. It looks like a sports mouthguard or a dental retainer and works by repositioning the lower jaw forward, which helps to keep the airway open during sleep. The dental appliance is typically made of plastic and fits over the upper and lower teeth. It is adjustable and can be modified by a dentist to ensure maximum effectiveness.
How does a dental appliance work?
A dental appliance works by holding the lower jaw in a slightly forward position, which helps to keep the airway open during sleep. This prevents the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing and blocking the airway, which is a common cause of sleep apnea.
The dental appliance can be adjusted by our team to ensure the best possible fit and effectiveness. The adjustment process involves moving the lower jaw forward gradually until the optimal position is found. This process may take several visits to achieve the desired result.
Benefits of dental appliance treatment for sleep apnea
Dental appliance treatment for sleep apnea has several potential benefits, including:
- Improved sleep quality: A dental appliance can reduce the frequency and severity of breathing interruptions during sleep, leading to better overall sleep quality.
- Reduced snoring: Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, and a dental appliance can help to reduce or eliminate snoring.
- Non-invasive treatment: Unlike some other treatments for sleep apnea, such as surgery, a dental appliance is non-invasive and does not require hospitalization.
- Easy to use: A dental appliance is easy to use and can be worn without disrupting daily activities.
Dental appliance treatment for sleep apnea is an effective and non-invasive option that can improve sleep quality, reduce snoring, and provide other potential benefits. However, it is important to carefully consider the potential drawbacks and work with a dentist to ensure the best possible fit and effectiveness. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, reach out to TimberView Dentistry today, we’d love to help! Learn more about our sleep apnea solution here.