What is a sleep apnea mouthpiece?
A sleep apnea mouthpiece is specially designed and created for each individual patient and is designed to keep their airway open while they are asleep. It’s a custom-fitted mouth guard that the patient is to wear while they sleep. Each and every sleep apnea dental device is custom-made by dentists and dental professionals who are specially trained and certified to practice dental sleep medicine.
When you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, you should visit a sleep medicine dentist and they will work with you to custom-fit a sleep apnea device to your mouth and jaw. This process will normally require a few office visits. During these visits your sleep dentist will take an exam and proper measurements to create a mold of your mouth, and will also fit the resulting device to ensure that it fits your mouth and jaw.
How does the sleep apnea mouthpiece work?
The mouthpiece is designed to shift your lower jaw forward – and this is to create just enough space towards the back of your throat so that there is no airway obstruction. This shifting of the jaw will create extra space for your tongue at the back of your throat. It will assist in eliminating the obstruction that eventually leads to snoring and sleep apnea.
What sleep problems can an oral appliance assist with?
There are many other sleep problems that a sleep apnea oral appliance can help assist with or be useful for. Some of these sleep problems or disorders include:
- Mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Snoring without a diagnosis of (OSA)
- Alternative to CPAP
How long do I have to wear my sleep apnea mouthpiece?
Patients will typically wear their dental oral appliance for as long as their sleep apnea affects their nightly sleep. There are many people who wear a dental appliance every night while they sleep, and will continue to do so because it happens to help with the overall quality of sleep – whether you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea or not. The dental appliance is typically fitted over the course of a few office visits. After that, you will then work with your local dental provider to make any adjustments to your sleep apnea treatments or mouthpiece.
Why should I go to Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders for my sleep apnea mouthpiece?
We truly believe that our doctors and dental staff offer the collective and effective treatments that you are searching for. We offer effective treatments for a large variety of sleep disorders and problems. This is so that all of our patients can have the opportunity to achieve better sleep and also enjoy a happy and fulfilling life.
So, if you, or someone you know, are struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep long enough so that you wake up feeling rested and renewed – it is time that you contact Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders. We want to ensure that we treat all patients possible, so that is why we have sleep centers located all across the country. Call us to discover a location nearest you.