Oral Appliance Therapy
Would an Oral Appliance Give You Better Sleep?Oral appliance therapy can eliminate your snoring and obstructive sleep apnea and Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants has all of the information and experience you need to deal with any type of sleep disorder. This treatment is geared toward enabling people to have quality sleep and overall good health.
How It Works
Oral appliance therapy involves putting a removable oral appliance in your mouth during the night. The oral appliance protects your airway by preventing soft tissues from rolling down. It also provides support to your jaw.
Our dental professionals provide custom-fitted oral appliances that safeguard your airway from any blockage, thus eliminating obstructive sleep apnea. Custom-fitted appliances sit neatly in your mouth and they don’t cause any complications.
Types of Oral Appliances
There are dozens of makes approved by the FDA, but they all fall into these two broad categories: Mandibular Advancement Split and Tongue Retaining Device.
Mandibular Advancement Split (MAS)
These are the most prevalent oral appliances. They are aimed at repositioning and maintaining the mandible (lower jaw) in a forward projected position during sleep. And so, the tongue is indirectly pulled forward, thus clearing the airway.
Tongue Retaining Device
Installed with a suction bulb that holds the tongue forward, these appliances prevent the soft tissues in the back of the tongue from leaning down into the airway. Tongue Retaining Devices are not as common as the Mandibular Advancement Splint.
Why Get Oral Appliance Therapy?
This treatment offers a fast, affordable, and non-invasive method of eliminating sleep apnea. The following are some of the benefits of this treatment.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can complicate your life in so many ways. If left untreated, it can increase the risk of developing serious health problems like high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes, depression, and migraines. But an oral appliance puts a stop to this sleep disorder.
In CPAP therapy, a common treatment against sleep apnea, an implant is surgically placed on your chest. Such procedures are complicated and expensive. But oral appliance therapy is non-invasive and yet it works.
Our dental specialists prepare a custom-fitted oral appliance for you. It fits snugly in your mouth and performs just as intended. Buying a ready-to-wear oral appliance is not recommended because it might not be the right fit for your mouth, and thus unreliable.
Easy to Wear
Oral appliances are designed for the wearer to have an easy time putting them on. Also, they are made of a material that doesn’t irritate your soft tissues and they are lightweight.
When you have obstructive sleep apnea, rest assured that it takes no days off, and so, you must bring your oral appliance wherever you go. The oral appliance is made to be small and lightweight and can be carried pretty much everywhere.
Easy to Clean
Considering that this appliance is put in your mouth, you have to maintain it properly. Thankfully, it is made of a material that washes easily.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Our dental professionals design this treatment to have a 100% success rate. It is certainly an effective method of ending sleep apnea. However, in minor instances, the following side effects may be experienced: salivation, dry mouth, and jaw discomfort.
Oral appliance therapy provides a rapid solution against obstructive sleep apnea. Visit Encinitas Periodontics & Dental Implants to learn more or contact us at 760-632-9055 to set up an appointment.