How An Oral Appliance Can Help With Sleep Apnea

A CPAP machine isn't the only treatment option if you suffer from a sleep-related breathing disorder (SRBD) or sleep apnea. An oral sleep apneaappliance offers a quiet, comfortable, lower-cost alternative. Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian of Green Valley Dental Center, your Henderson, NV dentists, explain how an oral appliance can help you.

What causes breathing problems during sleep?

When you sleep, the muscles in your throat relax. In some cases, this can lead to a full or partial blockage of your airway. If you have an SRBD, you may snore and stop breathing for up to 10 seconds at a time. The problem is dangerous because it lowers your blood oxygen level and can lead to headaches, heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke, memory problems and other issues.

How can an oral appliance help me?

If you have an SRBD, your tongue may block part of your airway when you sleep, particularly if you sleep on your back. An oral appliance moves your jaw forward, which helps keep your airway open. Oral appliances slip over your upper and lower teeth and are only worn at night.

What are the advantages of wearing an oral appliance?

Wearing an oral appliance allows you to breathe easier during the night, which will reduce snoring and sleep apnea and help you get a better night's sleep. Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to care for and can be taken with you no matter where you travel.

How can I get an oral appliance?

Your Henderson dentist will make a physical or digital impressions of your mouth and send the impressions to the laboratory that will make your custom oral appliance. In a week or two, you'll return to your dentist's office and receive your new appliance. Your dentist will make any adjustments to the fit to ensure your comfort. You'll return periodically for follow-up assessments and adjustments, if needed.

Is snoring or a sleep-related breathing problem keeping you from getting a good night's sleep? Find out how an oral appliance can help you get the rest you need by calling Drs. Wilbur and Ishkanian of Green Valley Dental Center, your Henderson, NV dentists, at (702) 896-8933. Say goodnight to snoring with an oral appliance!