There are several treatment options for sleep apnea. One of the most common treatments is sleep apnea mouthpieces. Dentists custom-create these mouthpieces using a plastic-like mould. They conform to fit the patient’s teeth. In addition to helping with sleep apnea, the devices also prevent snoring.
How Do They Work?
The snoring appliance works by moving the jaw forward. It increases the upper airway’s size and reduces air resistance, which are the conditions that cause snoring and sleep apnea.
Ashwood Dental uses oral appliance mouthguards to treat these issues. Patients love this brand for how high-quality and effective they are.
How Effective Are They?
Oral devices for snoring and sleep apnea are alternatives to surgery. They are much more cost-effective and significantly less invasive. Many people have success with these devices if their snoring is moderate.
Getting Oral Appliance Therapy
If your doctor decides that oral appliance therapy is the right choice for you, they will prescribe it so that you can get your custom mouthpiece.
You will receive a referral to a qualified dentist who can perform this type of treatment. Over 100 different appliances are available. Your dentist will recommend the one that will work best for you.
Oral appliance therapy is effective and non-invasive. You can easily fit this treatment into your lifestyle without needing to make any adjustments. The advantages are that it is:
- Easy maintenance
The First Visit
During your first visit, your dentist will talk to you about the benefits of getting an oral appliance. They will give you information about side effects and the cost of the treatment.
Your dentist will then do a clinical evaluation to examine your teeth, tongue, jaw, and airway.
At Ashwood Dental in Ashburton, we will take physical impressions of your teeth. The impression goes out to a dental lab, where they will create the final device.
Once the appliance is complete, you will return to the office for a fitting. Your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to make sure you are comfortable, and the device performs correctly.
They will teach you how to clean and maintain the appliance.
Living With Your Appliance
Treating snoring using oral appliance therapy can dramatically improve your symptoms and quality of life. If you commit to the treatment and follow the system’s usage instructions, you’ll notice better sleep and less snoring almost immediately.
Book an Appointment Today!
If you snore too much or have sleep apnea, you could benefit from the oral therapy appliance. Oral appliances are comfortable, high-quality, and compliant that will help you quickly take control of your snoring.
Remember only to choose a device that is high-quality and dentist-approved. There are many different snoring appliances on the market that aren’t as effective as they promise. Always consult your dentist and have them approve any treatment you seek out on your own.
Before you can get fitted for your device, schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to find out whether this type of treatment is right for you.