oral appliance for sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea and Dental Treatment Options

Did you know that 22 Million Americans currently have sleep apnea? Many people find snoring to be one of the biggest nuisances when co-sleeping. Depending upon your condition, Hyde Park Dental may be able to provide treatment for your sleep apnea. We use oral appliances to aid in moving the teeth and jaw, allowing for proper airflow to occur.

Sleep Apnea Oral Device

We create custom oral appliances designed to improve your sleep. You will want to use an oral appliance designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Our oral appliances are designed to be long-lasting, comfortable, and affordable. We recommend trying an oral device prior to additional treatments like a CPAP machine or corrective surgery. When we use the oral device, you will see your lower jaw is moved into a forward position, allowing for a comfortable position while sleeping. The movement will help to relax the throat muscles, designed to keep your tongue from blocking the air passages. If you have mild or moderate sleep apnea, dental devices for sleep apnea can be effective at aiding in treating the condition by allowing air to flow properly through the nose and mouth and down the throat.

Mandibular Advancement Devices

A mandibular advancement device is the most commonly used device to treat dental sleep apnea. Mandibular devices are referred to as oral appliances and are designed to move the lower jaw forward while sleeping. What this will do is open the airway and keep the tongue from blocking the airway.

Tongue Retaining Device

Another tool used for dental sleep apnea is the tongue retaining device. A tongue retaining device will hold the tongue in a forward position. It isn’t quite as comfortable and it can take awhile to adjust to it where you are used to wearing it while sleeping.

Sleep Apnea Advanced Treatment with CPAP

If you have a different diagnosis of sleep apnea where you do need to wear a CPAP device, you can also use a dental sleep apnea device to aid in effective treatment. We can create an oral appliance to move the jaw and can be worn with your CPAP, which allows you to reduce the pressure setting of your CPAP.

For more information about dental devices used to treat sleep apnea, contact Hyde Park Dental today!