Using A Dental Device To Help Reduce Sleep Apnea Symptoms


If you were just diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and you wish to remedy the situation so you do not suffer with coughing or gasping for air due to the condition, consider using a dental device is a positive step in minimizing symptoms. A family dentist will be able to fit you with an apparatus to reduce the restriction of your airway, making it likely you will get a full night's sleep as a result. Here's some general information regarding dental appliances in an attempt to familiarize yourself with their usage and the benefits they provide so you can decide if they are a feasible addition to your sleep routine.

Getting An Evaluation Beforehand

Before you take the steps in getting a dental device constructed, it is best to get a second opinion from a sleep specialist if your regular physician had made your initial diagnosis. They will do a series of tests to determine the extent of your sleep troubles and make recommendations on whether or not a dental device is enough to remedy the problem. Those with mild to medium symptoms usually fare well with a dental appliance. Those with severe symptoms would most likely need to use a continuous positive airway pressure device to help the problem instead. After you know the extent of the condition, your dentist will take over in the measuring of the mouth to ensure your desired device is a perfect fit.

Determining The Correct Type

Your dentist will help you decide which type of apparatus will be most beneficial to your specific situation. Mandibular advancement devices are much like orthodontic mouth guards. One part will slide over your top teeth, while another slides over the bottom portion. A metal hinge keeps the parts together on the sides of the guards. These work by pushing the bottom portion of your teeth forward. This will keep your tongue from obstructing your airway passage.

A tongue retention mouthpiece works a bit differently. There is a suctioned area which will keep your tongue from sliding back, allowing you to breathe while sleeping without worry about the tongue covering the airway. These devices are usually used for patients who cannot effectively have their jaw pushed forward due to the structure of the jaw.

Getting Used To Your Device

Most people find that a dental device used to reduce sleep apnea symptoms is relatively comfortable in the mouth compared to a continuous positive airway pressure device, which requires a mask to push air into the breathing passageway. There is less baggage to carry around should you decide to travel, and you will not suffer from sinus problems as those with an air device often do. To aid in getting used to your device, make sure you are very tired before attempting to slumber. A glass of warm milk or a bath before heading to your bed will help you drift off a bit easier. Your dentist can make adjustments to your device if you feel any discomfort or pain.

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During pregnancy, expectant mothers have to deal with a host of changes to their bodies. I was surprised to learn that part of those changes is to your dental health. I was not aware that hormonal changes could mean an increased risk of gum infection and other dental problems. Luckily for me, my dentist was prepared to handle any problems that I experienced during my pregnancy. I created this blog to help other expectant mothers understand the changes that their dental health could experience throughout their pregnancies and the possible ramifications those changes could have on their pregnancies and the health of their unborn children.

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