Dental Appliances For Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Dental Appliances For Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Posted on 04/16/2019
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Solutions for Sleep Apnea at Your Laurel Orthodontist

Heller Orthodontics is proud to specialize in a variety of dental and orthodontic services to help our patients throughout Laurel, Bethesda and the surrounding areas achieve optimal health. Our goal is to provide each patient with the highest quality of care in a warm and friendly office environment. Let’s take a look at the common solution of dental appliances for patients struggling with sleep apnea.

How Dental Appliances Help With Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person to stop breathing periodically through the night due to an obstruction of the airway. For mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, dental appliances are the typical form of treatment.

Mandibular advancement devices (MADs) are similar in appearance to mouthguards and work by pushing the lower jaw and tongue slightly forward. This helps to prevent throat muscles from collapsing back and obstructing the airway and enables the patient to breathe normally without obstruction.

The second form of dental appliance that works in treating sleep apnea is called a tongue-retaining mouthpiece. Similar to the MAD, this appliance uses a small suction on the tongue to hold it forward and prevent obstruction of the airway.

How Dental Appliances Affect Overall Health

Sleep apnea has been linked to problems with multiple systems throughout the body. The include but are not limited to high blood pressure, heart problems, liver problems, a weakened immune system, adult asthma, acid reflux, memory loss, mental confusion, depression, abnormal cholesterol levels, decreased sexual desire, and fatigue.

Snoring may not be as physically harmful as apnea but can be quite disruptive to the sleep of those around you.

Often a C-PAP machine will be prescribed for sleep apnea. Many patients have difficulty with this type of device. The noise it make can also be disruptive to those around you.In addition it is inconvenient for travel. Oral devices can be a great alternative to the C-PAP for those with mild to moderate Apnea or snoring.

An intra-oral sleep appliance can cause some side effects, especially if it is not properly adjusted for your bite. This is especially common with store bought devices. You may experience some pain or tension in the jaw, sore teeth and gums, or possible change to your bite. It is also possible to experience excessive salivation, dry mouth, Many of these are present temporarily as you get used to your new appliance. Loosening of dental work such as bridges or crowns is possible if an appliance is not properly adjusted for you. Dr. Heller will explain all of the details of your sleep appliance and work with you to ensure an effective and comfortable experience.

Contact Your Laurel & Bethesda, Maryland Orthodontist!

At Heller Orthodontics, we put our patients first. Dr. Heller and his professional staff are committed to the health and well being of each of our patients, young and old alike. If you have any questions regarding sleep apnea, or would like to discuss how a dental appliance may work for you, we encourage you to contact us, or book an appointment today. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Heller Orthodontics

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