A dental sleep appliance can be a valuable tool for improving your sleep and health. Many people visit our office in search of answers. They know they are not getting enough sleep or are waking up with a sore jaw and face but have no idea why or what to do about it. After doing research, many people realize that a dentist is the right person to speak with about these issues. We are happy to help new and existing patients discover what could be happening during their sleep and ensure that it does not interfere with their health.
First, we conduct an examination and run tests
We will initially conduct an examination to determine what challenges the patient could be having while sleeping. This may include conducting a sleep test at home. After reviewing the results, we can determine if a patient has obstructive sleep apnea. If so, we can treat this condition with an oral appliance.
Second, we fit patients for a dental sleep appliance
If an appliance is the right solution for improving sleep, we will take measurements and make a mold of a patient's mouth. This specific information will be sent to the dental lab to create the oral appliance. The goal is for it to fit snugly and securely without falling out of place when sleeping or moving.
Third, the dental sleep appliance should be worn every night
An oral appliance for treating obstructive sleep apnea needs to be worn every night to keep the lower jaw and tongue in the forward position. Without the appliance, the jaw and tongue may fall backward, obstructing airflow. This is what can lead to constant snoring, choking or waking up feeling incredibly fatigued even after a full night's sleep.
Fortunately, since the appliance is easy to use, there is no need to avoid using it. In fact, most patients say that they feel comfortable doing so and that by using their appliance nightly, they wake up feeling refreshed and revived.
Note: If sleep apnea is severe, a doctor may also recommend using a CPAP machine. This device can be used in combination with an oral appliance for best results. In some cases, wearing an oral appliance will make using the CPAP machine more comfortable, an added benefit of taking a combined approach.
Schedule a consultation
If you feel that your sleep is not giving you the rest necessary to feel refreshed, it could be due to obstructive sleep apnea. To find out if this is a condition contributing to your health problems, contact our office. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, we can proceed with having an oral appliance created to be worn at night.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Laura's Orthodontics, request an appointment in our Leawood dental office here: https://drlaurasortho.com. Or call us at (913) 971-4159.