When someone has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), they have a few options for treatment. When the lower jaw relaxes while sleeping, the soft tissues in the throat move into the airway space.
One non-invasive treatment method that has proven successful time and time again is Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). While the person is wearing the oral appliance and sleeping, the tongue, lower jaw, soft palate, and uvula will be slightly pushed forward. This helps to prevent airway blockage, which means you will sleep much better and more soundly.
Advantages and Benefits of Oral Appliances
- The oral appliances on the market today have high success rates. Many patients love to wear them as opposed to using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. The CPAP is bulky and cumbersome, not to mention a pain to travel with, whereas the oral appliance is small and easy to pack in your luggage. As you can see, the oral appliance is a great alternative to the CPAP machine.
- With an oral appliance, you simply place it in your mouth before you fall asleep and take it out when you wake up in the morning.
- Cleaning it is very easy and important to preserve the lifespan of the oral appliance.
- The oral appliance is safe and very effective for those who suffer from mild to moderate OSA. It actually resembles a sports mouth guard and is comfortable to wear at night.
- For some patients, it may take a couple of weeks to get used to wearing something in your mouth while sleeping. But once you are used to it, you will experience peaceful night’s rest over and over again.
Ready for Your Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance?
If you have been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea and are looking for a solution that works, call us today. If you think you have sleep apnea, but have not been diagnosed quite yet, call us today.
Whichever situation you find yourself in, Dr. Silverman and our team can help you. Since there are several types of oral appliances on the market, we can determine which is the best for you— a tongue retaining appliance or a mandibular repositioning appliance.
The custom-made appliance we will make for you will be much more effective than over-the-counter devices bought at a store.
We are conveniently located in Alpharetta, GA, and our office phone number is 678-245-6816 (or you can contact us here). We look forward to helping you experience a peaceful night’s sleep.