Oral Appliance Therapy
If you suffer from sleep apnea, or snore when you sleep, you should seek treatment. While most people do not treat snoring, it can lead to more serious problems. Most people who snore and experience apnea suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when the throat muscles are too relaxed during sleep.
If you suffer from this condition, you will stop breathing in your sleep. In most cases, you will also wake up several times at night. Thankfully, we have the right treatment option for this condition. Oral appliance therapy is a dental procedure which helps control breathing, improve alertness, and increase restful sleep.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, let our experts help you. Our professional staff here at Atlantic Dentistry will thoroughly examine your condition and advise you of possible treatment options.
About Oral Appliance Therapy
This is an oral device worn during sleep. The device supports your jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open airway. When you visit us, our dentist will collaborate with a sleep apnea doctor, to determine the best treatment option. If it is determined an oral device is the best treatment, the dentist will prepare the design for your custom device using computer-aided design. You will be given a date when to collect your device from our office. During collection, our dentist will fit the device and guide you on how and when to wear it. All of our oral devices are approved by the FDA and proven effective in controlling snoring and sleep apnea.
How It Works
Sleep apnea is a medical condition, not an oral condition. In other words, this condition is supposed to be treated by a doctor and not a dentist. However, since an oral device is one of the methods of treatment, doctors work closely with dentists in treating this condition. Thankfully, we do not rely on external doctors to diagnose snoring. We have in-house doctors who collaborate with clinics and specialists to diagnose sleep apnea and other related conditions. If you experience breathing difficulties, let our experts give you the best treatment options available. During consultations, we will carry out a full analysis of your condition and provide information about the possible cost.
The clinical evaluation done by our dentists includes an in-depth examination of your teeth, jaw, tongue, and airway. The dentist will also take detailed x-rays of your mouth to determine if there are other dental problems to be treated. After the dental examination, we will determine the best oral appliance to be used to treat your condition, based on the impression of your teeth.
If you suffer from sleep apnea or experience snoring while asleep, we are here for you. If you have been referred to a dentist's office for further analysis, we are open to hearing from you. At our Atlantic Dentistry dental office, we will listen to your concerns, examine your condition, and provide the best treatment options for your condition. For more information regarding oral appliance therapy services, contact us.