Everyone hopes they get a good night's sleep. If they have sleep apnea, this may not always happen. Sleep apnea makes it hard for a person to fall into a deep and restful sleep. It can prevent the body from getting the rest that it needs.
There are things that people can put into their mouth when they sleep that claim they help with the sleep apnea. They do not always look comfortable, so people wonder if they can really work or are they just something else that will make it hard to sleep.
What are the Oral Appliances
The use of oral appliances to treat sleep apnea is not new. There are many different types of devices designed to help people that have this condition.
The devices include:
Mandibular Advancement Devices - These are very common. They are a mouthpiece that moves the lower jaw forward to open the airway.
Tongue Retaining Devices - These hold the tongue in a forward position to open up the airway.
Another option people have is a CPAP machine that helps people breathe while they sleep but is not always what someone wants to use.
Pros and Cons There are pros and cons to the use of oral appliances. They can help some of the people who suffer from sleep apnea, but they also come with restrictions and issues that make some people uncomfortable using them.
The oral appliances can cause jaw and mouth pain. They can lead to sore teeth and gums. They may cause damage to the jaw or bite that is permanent. They can have a negative effect on any dental work that is in place such as crowns or bridges.
Many people find the devices allow them to get a more restful night's sleep. The oral devices are more comfortable than a CPAP machine. They are also easier to transport and to use away from home.
For many people, the oral devices not only cure the sleep apnea, they also eliminate the snoring that accompanies it. For anyone that sleeps in the same room as a person with sleep apnea, the devices help them get a better night's sleep too.
For more information about what the oral devices look like, how they work and whether it is something you need, contact our offices and set up a consultation with one of our professionals.