Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by repeated episodes of breathing disruptions during sleep. This can lead to a host of health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. The most common treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy. However, many patients find CPAP machines cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear. This is where dental mouthguards come in as an alternative solution to provide relief to sleep apnea patients.
What is a dental mouthguard and how does it work?
A dental mouthguard is a custom-made device that is worn over the teeth while sleeping. It is designed to hold the lower jaw in a slightly forward position, creating more space at the back of the throat. This prevents the tongue and soft tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway.
How effective are dental mouthguards in treating sleep apnea?
Numerous studies have shown that dental mouthguards are highly effective in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. They are also effective in reducing snoring, which is a common symptom of sleep apnea. In fact, some patients find dental mouthguards more comfortable and easier to use than CPAP machines.
What are the types of dental mouthguards available?
There are two types of dental mouthguards available for sleep apnea treatment – Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) and Tongue Retaining Devices (TRDs). MADs work by repositioning the lower jaw forward and are the most commonly used type. TRDs work by holding the tongue forward and are used for patients with severe tongue obstruction.
How are dental mouthguards made?
Dental mouthguards are custom-made by a dentist or a sleep specialist. The patient’s dental impressions are taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the mouthguard is fabricated. The mouthguard is then adjusted by the dentist to ensure a proper fit and maximum effectiveness.
What are the benefits of using dental mouthguards for sleep apnea treatment?
Dental mouthguards are a non-invasive and cost-effective alternative to CPAP therapy. They are comfortable to wear and easy to use, making them a popular choice for patients. Additionally, they are lightweight and portable, making them ideal for travel. Dental mouthguards also have a high compliance rate among patients, as they are less intrusive and do not require external power sources.
Dental mouthguards are a highly effective and comfortable treatment option for patients suffering from sleep apnea. They offer an easy-to-use and portable alternative to CPAP machines. By holding the lower jaw forward, dental mouthguards prevent the tongue and soft tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway, alleviating symptoms of sleep apnea. Patients who are interested in dental mouthguards should consult with their dentist or sleep specialist to determine if this treatment option is suitable for them.
Dr. Montz, Dr. Maher, or Dr. Dunwody at Houston Sleep Solutions South will be able to help you determine if sleep apnea treatment is right for you. Contact us now.
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