Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder that is characterized by breathing being disrupted during sleep. When it is left untreated, a person may stop breathing several times during the night. Usually, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy machine is prescribed, but this isn’t always the best option for everyone. At Greenway Dental Center for Esthetic and Implant Dentistry, we can go over the sleep apnea dental appliance options available to find the best fit for you.
A CPAP therapy machine isn’t for everybody. If you are somebody who experiences claustrophobia, it can be incredibly challenging. Patients have complained of dry nasal passages, skin irritation from where the mask rests on their face and knocking it off when they move during the night.
Because of these reasons, your dentist near you can show you the different options to find one that is better suited for you.
Finding the right sleep apnea dental appliance near you is as easy as talking to your dentist in Houston, TX. We can walk you through the two main options available and discuss which one might be the better fit for you.
Mandibular advancement devices (MADs) are a fairly common sleep apnea dental appliance that is used. It works by moving the lower jaw and tongue slightly forward. It looks similar to a retainer or a sports mouthguard. There is a try that snaps in place over your upper teeth and lower teeth. A metal hinge connects these two pieces. MADs help prevent the throat and other tissues from collapsing in on the airways by moving things forward.
The other main option is called a tongue retaining mouthpiece. These work better for patients who are uncomfortable when their jaw is moved forward. It looks very similar to a MAD in structure, but it has a small compartment that fits around the tongue to pull it forward while allowing the lower jaw to relax.
Finding the right sleep apnea dental appliance near you requires an appointment with your dentist to go over the available options. From there, we can work with you to provide you with a better night’s sleep. This may require additional appointments to adjust the device, so it’s comfortable and practical for you.