There are different ways oral appliance therapy can help you breathe better at night. For example, your dentist may prescribe long-term orthodontic treatment in an attempt to permanently widen your airway, for improving air flow. Or, you may be provided with an oral appliance that holds your tongue in position, to help keep your airway open.
Here at the Marconi Dental Group, we might recommend one of the following devices depending on what suits your needs:
Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD):
MADs are the most widely used type of oral appliance therapy for fighting against mild sleep apnea. This type of appliance snaps right into your mouth, and looks similar to the type of mouth-guard athletes wear when playing sports. MADs are equipped with metal hinges that provide a limited degree of movement in the lower jaw.
Video Overview: Mandibular Advancement Device
This video shows you how a mandibular advancement device is used in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Tongue Retaining Device (TRD):
TRD’s act like a splint, holding the tongue forward and keep it from blocking your airway. This helps solve your issue of sleep apnea. This is done by placing a TRD on the top of your tongue. Most TRDs come in slightly different shapes and sizes, but they generally work in the same manner.
Depending on your needs, your dentist may recommend a custom-fit device to help keep your airway open. To accomplish this, he or she will administer a thorough set of dental x-rays and/or impressions to find the perfect fit and device for you.
If you fear you’re suffering from sleep apnea, or you or someone in your family notices you have a snoring problem, please give the Marconi Dental Group a call and our Sacramento Specialty dentists will be happy to assist you. By getting you the oral appliance therapy treatment you need, you can start getting the sleep you deserve.