When are Oral Appliances the Best Option for Treating Sleep Apnea?

Symptoms associated with sleep apnea can be very difficult to live with for not only you, but your sleeping partner, also. As many times sleep apnea causes chronic and loud snoring, restless sleep, and irritability during the day, finding the right treatment for your apnea is the best thing you can do to relieve you and your partner of this unhappiness.

For those suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea, commonly the obstructive sleep apnea form, an oral appliance for sleep apnea combined with a few lifestyle changes can be all that you need for treating it. Oral appliance therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses a device similar to a mouth guard or retainer. When placed before going to bed, the oral appliance controls the jaw to stay in a forward position in support of opening the upper airways. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, there are more than 100 oral appliances that have been approved by the FDA. Although you can find one-size-fits all oral appliance in stores, it is best to have your dentist custom-make it to ensure the perfect fit for a perfect night sleep. Some of the lifestyle changes that can be combined with this treatment option include having a routine sleep schedule, eating a healthy diet not close to bed time, and daily exercise to decrease any weight or thickness surrounding the neck.

Determining when an oral appliance is the best option will depend solely on how severe your sleep apnea symptoms are. While your dentist can be certified for providing your oral appliance, deciding on how complex the apnea is usually only done through a sleep study for most cases. Oral appliances are only a good solution for most mild to moderate sleep apnea symptoms, also. Thus, those suffering with severe sleep apnea will not get relief through this option.

For more information on when oral appliances are the best option for treating sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with our expert in sleep apnea treatments in Los Angeles.


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