Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances

Sleep is an integral part of good health. Although your dentist might not seem like the person to help with sleeping related problems, they can help with the creation of a custom oral appliance for help reducing Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, a leading cause of poor sleep.

After a sleep study is performed by your doctor, typically a polysomnograph or PSG, and the patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea, they may turn to a dentist to build them a custom oral appliance.

Here at Longview Family Dental we make custom oral appliances to help minimize the effects of sleep apnea for patients with mild to medium sleep apnea, and those who are unable to use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. The uncomfortable straps and loud noises of a typical CPAP machine make a fitted oral appliance a worthwhile try to correct minor sleep apnea symptoms. Many patients find an oral appliance to be more comfortable than a mask and machine.

An oral device resembles a mouthguard for sports and fits in the mouth like an orthodontist-made retainer. It is worn exclusively at night while sleeping to prevent obstructions in the mouth from keeping air from flowing to the lungs. It keeps the lower jaw in a forward position and keeps the tongue from connecting with the upper palate and tonsils to obstruct the airway.

Schedule an appointment for a fitting today. Everyone deserves restful sleep.

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