Sleep apnea affects many people throughout the world. If you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness and always wake up tired, you might have it. The problem with sleep apnea is that it’s usually noticed when someone who lives with the affected person tells them that they snore loudly.
People who live alone may have a hard time realizing that they snore and wake up repeatedly throughout the night. Sleep apnea dental appliances can be used to help you get better sleep and more energy during the day. At All Smiles Dental Care in Hazlet, NJ, we can fit you with the best appliance possible.
Dental appliances for sleep apnea can be divided into two major categories: mandibular advancement devices and tongue retaining mouthpieces.
Mandibular advancement devices are similar to mouth guards. They fit over both sets of teeth, and the upper and lower parts of it are connected using metal hinges. Mandibular advancement devices push the lower jaw and tongue forward while you sleep. This keeps them from falling back and blocking the airway.
Tongue retaining mouthpieces are similar but work mostly on the tongue. They’re used for people who can’t get mandibular advancement devices for any reason.
Many of our patients here at All Smiles Dental Care say that they prefer dental appliances to CPAP devices. CPAP machines can make sleeping more difficult and lead to dry mouth and chest soreness. They can also cause sinusitis and nosebleeds.
Dental appliances are also lighter and smaller. If falling asleep with a CPAP machine is hard because of all the equipment, dental appliances are very small and easy to use. They’re also easier to take with you wherever you go.
It’s always best to use dental appliances in cases of mild to moderate sleep apnea. It might not help those who have more severe sleep apnea. In some cases, they can be combined with CPAP.
We understand how hard it is to live with sleep apnea. Always being tired to the extent that your performance and mood are affected isn’t pleasant. Sleep dental appliances can help restore your life to normal.