Snoring is another common ailment that can be treated with a mouthpiece. Many have found relief using these snoring appliances, as have their sleep-deprived partners. There is a variety to choose from and can be purchased without prescription.
Mouthpieces can also be used as an alternative to CPAP for the treatment of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that, if left untreated, can lead to heart disease and stroke. Sleep apnea mouthguards are custom-made by dentists using a plastic mold that adapts to the specific shape of the patient’s teeth and mouth. Not only does it help with sleep apnea, but some oral appliances can also prevent snoring.
How Do Sleep Apnea Mouthpieces Work?
Most sleep apnea appliances work by moving the jaw forward. Also called a jaw advancement device (JAD) or mandibular advancement device (MAD), these sleep apnea mouthguards increase the size of the upper airway, reducing the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring. Some sleep apnea mouthpieces allow the user to adjust the degree to which their jaw is extended. An example of this type of sleep apnea mouthpiece is the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP).
Tongue retaining devices are another type of sleep apnea mouthpiece. These oral devices for sleep apnea use a splint that keeps the tongue in place to ensure that the airway remains open during sleep.
Although anti-snoring devices work in a similar way, if you suffer from sleep apnea, the mouth device you use should be designed specifically for sleep apnea.
How Effective Are Sleep Apnea Mouthpieces?
Although CPAP is the most popular treatment for sleep apnea, dental devices are becoming more common as research strengthens their effectiveness in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea and snoring.
Sleep apnea mouthpieces are not suitable for all patients. It is generally more effective in mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, although it may be recommended for patients with severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP. It is important to work with your doctor to determine if this treatment is right for you.
Even after you get a sleep apnea mouthguard, your doctor may order a sleep study to see if it’s working. Follow-up care is essential to ensure proper treatment.
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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