Oral Appliance Therapy
Do you have sleep apnea, but do not want to sleep with the CPAP machine any longer? At Magnolia Modern Dentistry we understand your frustration and are here to help you. We offer a great alternative to the CPAP machine called oral appliance therapy. The simple ‘mouthguard’ type appliance helps position your mouth so that you can breathe properly and avoid the risks of sleep apnea. We are here to help you have optimal health.
How Oral Appliance Therapy Works
The oral appliance therapy is a mouthguard that we create just for you. Once we decide that you have sleep apnea and are a good candidate for oral appliance therapy, we will take impressions of your mouth. We send the impressions to our lab where our technicians make a custom appliance for your mouth. This appliance will fit your mouth perfectly, helping you get the most out of your appliance.
The appliance helps reposition your jaw. It thrusts it forward so that the extra tissue or large tonsils that cause your sleep apnea no longer get in the way of your breathing. Because the appliance is made just for you, it will fit perfectly, ensuring that your jaw is thrust forward enough to make a difference in your sleeping.
The Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy has many benefits. First, most patients love how small it is compared to the CPAP machine. If you are a light sleeper, it can be difficult to sleep with a loud machine pushing air into your lungs going all night. Many people end up ditching the CPAP machine, which puts their life at risk. The oral appliance therapy is not as difficult to manage, making it easier for you to sleep.
Patients also love the portability of oral appliance therapy. You can take it with you on the road and not have to worry about lugging a big machine with you. Throw it in your purse or suitcase, and you will always have it with you.
The Benefits of Using a Dentist for Sleep Apnea
You may not think to go to the dentist for your sleep apnea, but we can offer a variety of benefits. Because we have a lab that can custom create your appliance, you know that you will have a product that is made just for you. This gives you the peace of mind that you have a lower risk of having breathing issues at night, putting your life at irks.
As your dentist, we see you twice a year so that you can continually get exams to determine the state of your health. If we see signs that the sleep apnea is getting worse, we can make adjustments to the oral appliance therapy or refer you to a specialist for more help.
If you worry that you have sleep apnea, call Magnolia Modern Dentistry at (530) 645-3339 today. Our staff will set you up with an appointment to help you determine the steps you should take to help with your sleep apnea issues today.