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By S & G Family Dentistry
August 21, 2019
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: oral appliances  

Are you a chronic snorer who keeps your partner up at night? Do you wake up feeling exhausted in the morning despite sleeping an appropriate amount of hours? If so, it's possible that you may have a case of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Fortunately, our Leawood, KS, dentists, Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier, are able to help you manage your symptoms and get better sleep through the use of oral appliance therapy, a popular alternative to CPAP. Read on to learn more.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance therapy is an FDA-approved, custom-made dental device that fits over your teeth and repositions the jaws in order to prevent snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.

Is oral appliance therapy right for everyone?

Oral appliance therapy can be a great treatment option for those with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea as well as those who are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. However, those with central sleep apnea are not good candidates for this type of sleep apnea treatment. Accordingly, it’s important to talk with our Leawood, KS, sleep apnea dentist to find out if oral appliance therapy is right for you.

How does oral appliance therapy work?

With obstructive sleep apnea, breathing becomes inhibited by either a collapse of tissue in the back of the throat or a blockage of the airway by the tongue. When an oral appliance is worn, however, it repositions the jaws forward to prevent both the tongue and oral tissue from blocking your throat while you sleep.

What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?

Along with managing your symptoms to help you wake up feeling refreshed, oral appliance therapy is comfortable and easy to wear, maintain, and care for. Additionally, those who travel often will find that transporting a small oral appliance is much easier and more convenient than a CPAP machine.

How long will it take to get an oral appliance?

It can take a couple of visits to our office before you get your new device. After all, we will need to custom-create it for the perfect fit in your mouth. Therefore, impressions will need to be taken, and the device will need to be made before you come in for a fitting.

Concerned? Contact us

If you or a loved one isn’t getting the sleep they need, then it’s time to find out if oral appliance therapy could help. Call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, today at (913) 451-2929.

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