Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea
For Patients With Jaw Pain, Bruxism, and Even Sleep Apnea, Oral Appliance Therapy Can Work Wonderfully. To Find a Doctor of Oral Appliance Therapy, Come See Us Here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders. Call Us Today for a Consultation.
Jaw pain can cause great difficulty in our lives, preventing us from being able to enjoy eating and even laughter. Sleep issues can become chronic and even cause other chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease. A simple solution to both of these problems and many others can be an easy-to-use oral appliance. And when you come see one of our oral appliance therapy doctors here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders, you can expect compassionate care and a long-lasting treatment. Reach out to us today.
What is oral appliance therapy?
With oral appliance therapy, a simple, comfortable oral appliance is used to relieve jaw pain, sleep issues caused by jaw or throat complications, and other issues. In fact, oral appliance therapy prevents the underlying issues causing the conditions in the first place, so it doesn’t simply treat just the symptoms, it treats the causes.
The causes of jaw pain, bruxism, some sleep disorders, and many other conditions are addressed with oral appliance therapy. For example, sleep apnea can be caused by the tongue, throat, or jaw relaxing too much and collapsing, which prevents airflow and proper breathing. An oral appliance will properly position the tongue, throat, and jaw so they won’t obstruct breathing anymore. And for patients with jaw pain, the common culprit is TMJ disorder which can be relieved by positioning and relaxing the jaw.
In fact, in most cases, oral appliance therapy can reduce symptoms by 90% and provide long-lasting relief. It is proven to work and is approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
When is oral appliance therapy necessary?
If you’ve been experiencing jaw pain that doesn’t go away or is affecting your sleep, then oral appliance therapy could be right for you. Or maybe you’ve been grinding your teeth at night and want to stop it from happening? Oral appliance therapy will prevent you from being able to grind your teeth at all. For patients who have unsuccessfully tried medications and other methods of relieving their pain and sleep issues, oral appliance therapy is the best choice.
How will an oral appliance therapy specialist help me?
These doctors are professionals in the field of dental sleep medicine. This means they’re fully capable of helping you with dental, jaw, and sleep-related issues, and they do so with oral appliance therapy.
Some other medical professionals recommend CPAP therapy for sleep apnea. This can work well for many patients, but not for all, and it doesn’t address some of the possible underlying issues causing sleep apnea in the first place, like TMJ disorder. Oral appliance therapy does address the underlying issues and factors, so it can work better in many cases.
During a consultation with an oral appliance doctor, your medical and sleep history will be examined, and if you’re experiencing issues with your jaw or with sleep, those too can be examined. If you and the doctor decide that oral appliance therapy would benefit you, then the doctor will custom-design an appliance for you. Because the appliance is custom-made, it will be very comfortable, and it’s also very easy to use!
Do you have an oral appliance therapy specialist near me?
Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders has many locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. At any of our locations, you’ll be able to find an oral appliance therapy doctor. We ask that you please visit our Appointments page for our locations’ addresses and to book a consultation with one of our doctors. You’re also more than welcome to call us.
Contact us today for especially effective, long-lasting relief from jaw pain and sleep issues.