Millions of Americans struggle with sleep apnea and feel drained all the time because they are not sleeping well. Many sleep apnea patients cannot get used to wearing a CPAP mask at night, so they don’t use it. Fortunately, some alternatives are available that they can try, such as a sleep apnea dental appliance.
Dental and oral appliances for sleep apnea and snoring are customized mouthpieces that look and fit like a sports mouthguard. They help reduce snoring and sleep apnea by either keeping the jaw in a forward position to keep the airway open or by keeping the tongue from falling back and blocking the airway.
These appliances are effective at reducing snoring and helping people with sleep apnea get a deeper, better night’s sleep. When you go in for a dental appliance, one of our dentists at Lexington Dental Group will discuss the options with you, and then perform a thorough examination of your teeth.
A highly trained dentist in Lexington, MA will take an impression of your teeth, either a digital version or by taking a mold of them and send it to the lab. After the appliance comes back from the laboratory, you will return to the dentist’s office for a fitting.
Our dentist at Lexington Dental Group in Lexington, MA will evaluate the fit and adjust it so that it’s more comfortable to wear. There will be follow-up appointments to ensure the appliance still fits correctly and is working as it should.
If you use a CPAP at night, you can still wear a dental appliance with it to keep the airway open and get a better night’s sleep. You will know that it is working correctly when you wake up feeling refreshed, instead of sluggish and tired like you do when dealing with sleep apnea.
Before speaking to one of our dentists about a sleep apnea appliance, speak to your sleep doctor or pulmonologist. If you have severe sleep apnea, you can wear the appliance in conjunction with the CPAP, but the device is not meant to take the place of it. However, if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, then it may help you get a better, healthier night’s sleep.