Oral Appliance Therapy
Sufferers of sleep apnea will know how difficult it can be to get a good night's sleep. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which causes the sufferer to constantly wake up due to a disfunction of their throat muscles.
Oral appliance therapy is a type of mouthguard that pushes the jaw forward while the user sleeps. Robert J. Malone DDS offers custom fit oral appliances to allow the maximum relief from sleep apnea, in the most non-invasive way.
Sleep apnea is most commonly categorized as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which means the throat muscles don't open and close when they should and disturb a sufferer's sleep. The other form of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea, which is a rarer form of the disorder. This is characterized by the throat muscle's disfunction due to the brain's nervous signals firing incorrectly. Both can have serious consequences on a sufferer's daily life, as it can often cause chronic fatigue and insomnia.
Why Should I Have Oral Appliance Therapy?
If you're suffering from sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy is often the most convenient and comfortable method to alleviate symptoms. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is one of the other popular forms of resolving sleep apnea.
The CPAP machine feeds constant airflow into the user's airway, preventing the throat muscles from stopping the patient from breathing. The airflow, however, is administered through a face mask, which is attached to the machine at all times. This makes is more difficult to sleep with, as the mask is tethered, and the machine can be noisy.
Sleep apnea oral appliances, on the other hand, are small and easy to use. Simply placing it in the mouth, with no need for any external technology. They are ideal for travel, unlike a CPAP machine, and can be easily stored. We will make your oral appliance as small and as comfortable as possible.
How is an Oral Appliance Fitted?
Firstly, a consultation appointment will take place to find the most suitable treatment method for your sleep apnea. There can be causes other than the throat muscles working incorrectly, such as a misaligned bite, which means we might refer you to an orthodontist.
If an oral appliance is advised, you will have a mold take of your teeth taken and sent to a dental lab. At the dental lab, they will create a custom-fit oral appliance based on your teeth. This means we can effectively make the most comfortable oral appliance, which mean it should not affect your sleep.
In a follow-up appointment, 2-3 weeks later, you will test the oral appliance to check that it fits well. It will take some getting used to at first, and you may find it strange to wear for the first few nights. On the rare occasion that the mouthguard feels drastically wrong, we can amend it.
Robert J. Malone DDS wants to help you alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea. We offer a range of different treatments, ones that can accommodate your individual needs. To book an appointment with us now, call (760) 546-5557 today!