What are sleep apnea devices?
Sleep apnea devices are dental appliances used to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. It is one of the many preventative services/devices we offer. A sleep apnea device consists of two separate dental guards, one for your top teeth and one for your lower teeth.
These dental guards have a a hook on it so the guards can connect and pull your lower jaw forward slightly while you sleep. This pulls the soft tissue of the back of your throat forward and out of your airway to allow you to breathe properly.
Why would I want a sleep apnea device?
Many patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea will reduce their symptoms with dental devices for sleep apnea; Instead of using a CPAP machine. A sleep apnea dental device may be more comfortable for you. Dental sleep apnea devices may also be a better fit for your lifestyle.
How does it work?
A sleep apnea dental device works by gently holding your lower jaw slightly more forward than normal. Secondly, this moves the soft tissue of your tongue and throat slightly forward and out of your airway to allow for more natural breathing.
Please understand that a sleep apnea device can only be made after a sleep study and a proper sleep apnea diagnosis. Furthermore, we cannot create a sleep apnea device until you have received a sleep study that has been interpreted by a physician. So Contact us today to schedule your sleep study.
In summary, sleep apnea is becoming much more well understood. It’s fortunate that we have less invasive options than CPAP therapies, depending on your situation. We act as a “pharmacy” for sleep apnea devices. Once your sleep study is complete, bring us the results and we can determine if a dental appliance is right for you.
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