Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:
- Easy to wear
- Convenient for travel
- Easy to care for
There are an estimated 40 million people who have snoring related problems to the extent that their lives are affected and their health is at risk. The risk of sleep apnea include high blood pressure, diabetes, arrhythmia's, strokes, depression and dementia just to name a few. At Melton Dental, we offer a custom fit dentist-prescribed solution for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Benefits of an oral sleep appliance can greatly reduce your health risk, reduce snoring helping you and loved ones to sleep, promotes a deeper sleep and improved breathing. No more waking up feeling tired and irritable.
Oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea continue to increase in popularity as awareness grows amongst the public that oral appliances are an effective first line treatment for many sleep apnea sufferers. These appliances are worn in the mouth, just like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic appliance, while you sleep. Oral appliances hold the lower jaw forward just enough to keep the airway open and prevent the tongue and muscles in the upper airway from collapsing and blocking the airway.
A constriction in the airway. There is not enough air traveling easily and freely to and through the lungs from the mouth. This usually causes the soft tissues of the throat to come in contact with each other and vibrate. This obstruction releases only when the blood carbon dioxide levels rise high enough to create a discomfort sufficient to awaken the patient. Sleepless nights are causing ineffective careers as well as major adverse effects on relationships, marriages and sex lives of the affected parties. Because it moves the jaw forward enough to create a clean, clear air passage between the mouth and the lungs.
Custom Made Oral Appliance vs. Boil and Bites:
Although there are a few over-the-counter appliances you can purchase at drug stores or even online, remember that these oral appliances are not FDA approved for sleep apnea. When not fitted properly over-the-counter appliances can cause unwanted side effects, such as jaw problems or tooth movement or can even have the opposite effect and inadvertently worsen sleep apnea.