Sleep apnea is a pathological condition that causes problems not only in terms of tiredness, but high blood pressure, or even heart and organ problems. It is a condition that can also lead to dental problems, as it is often linked to bruxism, a pathology that causes teeth to grind at night. This can cause a series of problems, even very serious ones, as well as wear and splitting of the teeth. For mild or moderate forms of sleep apnea, our professionals at Erik P. Cadra DMD may suggest oral appliance therapy.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy consists of the application during the night of a special dental appliance aesthetically similar to a bite. This device slightly advances the jaw and tongue, opening the upper airways more during sleep.
Using these nocturnal devices that allows mandibular advancement (called MAD) increases the air space between the base of the tongue, the soft palate and the posterior wall of the pharynx. In this way, the device prevents the occurrence of sleep apnea episodes.
Furthermore, the oral device used in oral appliance therapy exerts tension on some structures of the palate that stop vibrating, causing the disappearance of snoring and a serious reduction of bruxism. All this, with great relief for your teeth. There are also universal devices on the market that can be used, but they are not a wise choice. The best thing, for greater comfort and better efficacy of therapy, is to have the oral device for oral appliance therapy made to measure by specialized professionals.
In addition to MAD devices, we also can create a custom fit mouthguard for you to wear at night. A mouthguard can protect your teeth from the grinding caused by bruxism, and also help with your sleep apnea.
The Procedure for Oral Appliance Therapy
The first thing to do, when you suffer from sleep apnea, is to undergo a special examination (polysomnography) and ask for an initial visit to a doctor who specializes in this type of pathology. Once the exam is performed, the doctor will provide a diagnosis of your disorder, find out what you are suffering from, and be able to suggest the various therapies to follow. Many of those who suffer from sleep apnea also suffer from bruxism. It happens often, but not always. In case you suffer from dental problems caused by sleep apnea, then your doctor will most likely advise you to use specific oral devices.
The device for oral appliance therapy will be specially made by our professionals. After taking impressions of the teeth and measurements, so as to adapt it perfectly to your mouth, the device will be tailor-made to guarantee you maximum comfort and the greatest possible effectiveness of the therapy.
Thanks to this device, you will not only be able to solve the problem of bruxism in large part or completely, but you will completely solve the problem of sleep apnea. In any case, if you want to know how much such a device costs or if you need it, give us a call us at 661-502-6990 and reach us here at Erik P. Cadra DMD.