Treating Sleep Apnea with an Oral Device
Find out how our dentist could help you get a better night’s sleep.
Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Are you currently using CPAP therapy but still finding it difficult to get the sound sleep you deserve? While CPAP treatment is often the most common way to manage sleep apnea symptoms, it isn’t always right for everyone. If you are wrestling with your facemask night after night then you may want to talk to our Henderson, NV, dentists, Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian, also serving the Green Valley area, about a simpler dental option for treating your sleep disorder.
Do you have mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea? If so, then oral appliance therapy could be right for you. This custom-made device is a great alternative to help keep your airways open while you sleep, which will prevent obstructions. Of course, you won’t find this sleep apnea device over-the-counter. You’ll have to visit our Henderson general dentist to make sure that you are right for treatment and to fit with you with your very own device.
How does oral appliance therapy work?
This appliance looks similar to a mouthguard, and there are two main kinds of devices that you can get. One device (tongue retaining) will prevent the tongue from obstructing the airways while you sleep while the other kind (mandibular advancement) will help reposition the jaws so they sit slightly forward. By repositioning the jaws, the airways will also remain open while you sleep.
What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?
One of the biggest advantages to getting this device is that it provides an easy and comfortable way to treat your sleep apnea symptoms without the bulky facemask and CPAP equipment. Of course, since the only thing you have to worry about is a small appliance that fits in your mouth, it’s also very easy to carry with you on trips. Along with providing relief from sleep apnea, this oral device can also treat snoring.
If you are dealing with sleep apnea in Henderson, NV and are looking for an easy, convenient treatment option that will help you sleep better, then turn to the experts serving the Green Valley area today.