Sleep Apnea Appliances
Our highly skilled team here at Dental Prosthodontics of Rochester are fully versed in the intricacies of oral appliance therapy. We want you to have the best possible experience of dentistry and are happy to provide the treatments that you need. We execute oral appliance therapy (OAT) to the highest standards, generally administering this treatment for clients suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes the sufferer to stop breathing in their sleep. Often treated with the use of a CPAP machine, it is important to note that this is not the only way it can be treated. Oral appliance therapy has become a dependable alternative that is particularly effective in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This variant of the disorder sees a patient's throat muscles relax and close during their rest. It can also be caused by the tongue obstructing the airway as sleep progresses.
While a CPAP machine works by providing oxygen to a sleeping patient, an oral appliance will support the muscles of the mouth and throat. This way it will help your body to breathe freely on its own. There are few side effects beyond a dry throat, but the benefits can help sufferers put sleep apnea behind them for good.
Treating Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy
If you find yourself suffering from any type of sleep apnea, we can provide oral appliance therapy to stave off the symptoms. The first step in treatment involves participation in a sleep study, where a board-certified sleep medicine practitioner will analyze your sleeping patterns and identify your condition. Once completed, you will be welcomed by our specially trained Dental Sleep Medicine Specialist. This specialist will fit you with an oral appliance - or face mask - for you to wear through the night.
There are two kinds of oral appliances for you to choose from. Our Dental Sleep specialist will be able to give you personalized advice about which oral appliance will work best for your condition. The first type of appliance is known as a tongue retaining device. This appliance will keep your tongue out of your airway while you sleep. The second type of device is known as a mandibular repositioning device. This oral appliance works by supporting the bottom jaw in a lowered position, thereby keeping your airway open as you sleep.
Once you have chosen which type of oral appliance you would best benefit from, our specialist will be able to fit your device. For the best results, oral appliances should always be fitted by an expert and tailored to match the shape of your face. For this reason, we do not recommend that you buy an oral appliance online and instead suggest seeking our professional advice to maximize your chances of effective treatment.
Oral appliances and oral appliance therapy have proven an excellent treatment option for sufferers of sleep apnea, all across the globe. Our treatment procedures for OAT are tailored to your individual needs while being specifically devised to solve future issues. If you would like to know more about our professional oral appliance therapy provisions or what sleep apnea is then call our team at Dental Prosthodontics of Rochester at (585) 673-7702, today. With our help, the health issues presented by ongoing sleep apnea could be a thing of your past.