Oral Appliance Therapy An Overview
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is a simple and effective way to treat something as serious as mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or as simple as constant snoring. Start to improve your sleep, restore your alertness, and revitalize your health with this life-changing treatment.
What are Oral Appliances?
These appliances are custom-fit, mouth guard-like devices that help maintain an open and unobstructed airway so you can breathe easily throughout the night. These appliances are made by a professional dental lab, so the results are always high-quality and made to fit comfortably in your mouth.
Positive airway management is critical for deep, uninterrupted sleep, and these devices make it possible.
Oral appliance therapy is reversible, non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical, making it the perfect option for patients who may have concerns along those lines. However, if the sleep problem is severe enough, these appliances can be used in conjunction with surgery or medications.
Oral Appliance Therapy What to Expect
As you sleep, various stressors may cause clenching or simple gravity may pull your tongue toward the back of your throat, leading breathing difficulties. Loss of muscle function may promote mouth breathing and collapsed airways. In order to restore your healthy sleep, we need to address these problems.
These appliances shift the lower jaw and tongue forward throughout the night so you can maintain an open airway. These devices can be used with or without PAP therapy.
The Benefits of OAT
These devices are often the preferred choice of our patients because they are a non-invasive treatment that won’t disrupt your normal lifestyle. These appliances offer a number of benefits, including:
- Comfortable and easy to wear materials
- Doesn’t require a large mask over your face
- No engine pumping air, so the treatment is completely quiet
- Portable and convenient for travelling
- Easy to clean and care for
This solution can dramatically improve your quality of life, as long as you commit to the treatment and use these appliances every night.
At Henrich Dental we are excited to see your sleep improve and the symptoms of OSA start to get better. We will continue to work with you throughout the entire treatment, making adjustments to the appliances as necessary to help you get the sleep you need.
Don’t wait to get a great night’s sleep. Contact us today to learn more about this treatment and how we can help.