If you’ve been diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend you engage in oral appliance therapy.
There are different ways oral appliances 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, thus improving air flow. Or, you may be provided with an oral appliance that holds your tongue in position, thus helping to keep your airway open.
Here at the Marconi Dental Group, we might recommend one of the following devices:
Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD):
MADs are the most widely used oral appliance 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):
A TRD is placed on top of your tongue. It acts as a splint, holding the tongue forward and keeping it from blocking your airway. 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. Since these devices are specifically designed for your mouth, they may be more comfortable and effective.
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 Carmichael dentists will be happy to assist you. By getting you the treatment you need, you can start getting the sleep you deserve.