If you have sleep apnea, your breathing may be interrupted hundreds of times throughout a single night of sleep. In addition, you may snore loudly. As a result, the quality of your nightly rest may suffer significantly, and you may wake up feeling just as tired as you did the night before.
One common treatment option for snoring and sleep apnea is a CPAP machine, which releases a constant flow of air toward your nose to encourage continual breaths. Still, the device is cumbersome and can be uncomfortable, since it includes a mask that must be worn over your face as you sleep.
One alternative for people who have mild to moderate sleep apnea is a sleep dentistry appliance. Here is what you can expect from a dental device used in the treatment of sleep apnea:
What does a oral appliance for sleep apnea do?
Oral appliances that are used by a sleep apnea dentist to treat sleep apnea help hold your lower jaw in proper position to discourage the collapse of soft oral tissues. Often, as a person with sleep apnea or severe snoring issues rests, the jaw relaxes and soft tissues collapse to obstruct the airway.
Is a dental sleep appliance comfortable?
An oral appliance for sleep apnea is made from an impression of your oral cavity. Since the device is customized for you, it should comfortably fit the exact contours of your mouth.
Are there additional benefits of using a sleep dentistry appliance for sleep apnea?
In addition to a reduction in snoring and improvements in respiration, there are additional advantages that sleep dentistry appliance users enjoy. Here are a few of them:
- Easier transport of the treatment device during vacations and travel
- No need for an electrical power source during use of the appliance
- Comfortable sleep that leaves you feeling rested