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By Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
March 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral appliances   cpap  

Say goodbye to sleep apnea symptoms. Your dentist can help you rest easier.

Did you just find out that your snoring is caused by sleep apnea? Sleep apnea can be dangerous to your health if left untreated. Many patients turn to CPAP treatment to get their sleep apnea under control. If you’ve been told that you aren’t an ideal candidate for CPAP therapy, or if you’d like to find a more compact treatment option, then you may want to talk with our Leawood, KS, dentists Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier about oral appliance therapy.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the airways become blocked while sleeping. This is what causes pauses in breathing throughout the night. Oral appliance therapy, also known as a mandibular advancement device, is a retainer-like device that covers both the upper and lower teeth. This device moves the jaw slightly forward, which also repositions the tongue to prevent airway obstructions during the night.

What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?

One of the biggest benefits is that our Leawood, KS, patients only have to wear a simple, comfortable oral device rather than the traditional CPAP mask over their nose and mouth while they sleep. The device is custom-made to fit your mouth so it’s incredibly comfortable. Plus, you only have to wear the device while you’re sleeping. It’s easy to use and portable, which is great if you have to travel a lot.

Should I make the switch to oral appliance therapy?

If you are currently a CPAP wearer and you’re wondering whether oral appliance therapy could help you, it’s time to talk with our Leawood, KS, sleep dentistry team. While oral appliance therapy can be beneficial for those with mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea, it isn’t right for everyone. In some cases, a combined treatment of CPAP and oral appliance therapy may be beneficial, particularly if you are dealing with a more severe or treatment-resistant form of OSA.

If you are dealing with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and CPAP therapy isn’t providing you with relief, you may be an ideal candidate for oral appliance therapy. Call the Leawood, KS, dental team at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center at (913) 451-2929 to learn more about oral appliance therapy and whether it’s right for you.

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