ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY
If you wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all, you are having trouble concentrating during the day, and you find yourself drifting off, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. Only a sleep specialist can diagnose the condition. If you are diagnosed, National Dental Upper East Side can help with oral appliance therapy.
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects your breathing while you sleep. You stop breathing for a few seconds, which is known as an apneic event. For some, you may stop breathing for as long as 90 seconds per episode. Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, you can experience up to 30 or more episodes per night. Moreover, you wake up for each one of them, even if you have no idea that you are doing so. With your sleep disrupted so many times, it’s no wonder you wake up exhausted!
Sleep apnea can be the result of a blockage in your throat (oral tissues sliding into the passageway), a miscommunication between your brain and your breathing muscles, or a combination of both. Symptoms include:
- Daytime sleepiness.
- Trouble focusing, or even staying awake during normal waking hours.
- Health issues, such as high blood pressure and heart problems (which can result from a lack of proper sleep).
DIAGNOSING SLEEP APNEA
It takes a trained sleep professional to diagnose sleep apnea. At National Dental, we have a vast network of sleep experts that we work with, all of whom can diagnose your sleep issues, and help you to manage them.
HOW DOES ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY HELP?
For many with sleep apnea, a CPAP machine is often prescribed. However, there are some people who either don’t do well with the machine, or they simply don’t want to be bothered with it. We can help with oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy is designed for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. When you sleep, all of your muscles relax. This causes your jaw, and the tissues in your throat to block your airway.
An oral appliance is a custom fit device similar to a sports mouth guard. You place the appliance over your top teeth, and it holds your jaw in proper alignment while you sleep, preventing it from sliding backward. Moreover, with your jaw in proper alignment, your tongue, and other tissues, stay in place, keeping your airway open.
GETTING YOUR CUSTOM FIT ORAL APPLIANCE
To custom fit your oral appliance, and ensure that it is comfortable, we take 3-dimensional images of the inside of your mouth. These images are then used to create the device. You could go to a local drug store and pick up an appliance there, but more often than not, these particular appliances cause more issues than they solve. When you need an oral appliance for sleep apnea, it is essential that you come to us. Our custom fit, FDA-approved oral appliances will comfortably keep your jaw in alignment and ensure that you get the sleep you need.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, National Dental Upper East Side is here to help. To find out how oral appliance therapy can get you the good night’s rest you need, give us a call today at (646) 736-2206.