Oral Appliance Therapy
Lake Worth, TX
Oral appliance therapy is one of the most common treatment methods for sleep apnea, a condition that causes you to stop breathing when you sleep. There are alternatives to oral appliance therapy, but these are often more invasive and less user-friendly. Oral appliance therapy devices reposition the jaw so that the airway remains open. This creates a good passageway for airflow and helps you breathe easier while you sleep. You will also notice better quality sleep as well. We have a variety of oral appliance therapies available at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth.
Why Oral Appliance Therapy Is Important
Sleep apnea is, at best, a minor inconvenience that causes poor sleep quality. However, sleep apnea can also have major effects on your overall health and the symptoms experienced from it can become very difficult to manage over time. Oral appliance therapy provides an easy and cost effective option for treating this common disorder. These are also energy-saving compared to alternatives like CPAP machines and other electronic devices. Oral appliance therapy relives sleep apnea symptoms and gives you higher quality sleep.
Oral Appliance Therapy Options
Though oral appliances can vary greatly, most oral appliance therapies involve a night guard of some sort. This mouthguard moves the jaw forward while you sleep in order to maintain an open airway for breathing.
There are three main types of night guard available to you. These include over-the-counter (OTC) stock, boil and bite, and custom-molded. OTC night guards are available at many in-person and online retailers and you can get them without a prescription. These are the cheapest, but they are not custom and may not relieve more severe symptoms. Boil and bite night guards are slightly more effective because they are partially molded to your mouth. You will place this in hot water to soften it and then mold it around your teeth once it cools. However, your best option is our custom-molded night guards that our dentists will manufacture specifically for your mouth and jaw. Due to the fact these are custom-molded, they are much more effective than other night guard types in treating sleep apnea.
You should expect the process to get a custom night guard to take several appointments. It is a simple process, but it must be done in steps. Initially, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth which will then be used to mold your night guard. We send impressions to a dental lab that manufactures night guards and other dental products.
It can take several weeks for your custom night guard to be completed, but it will be sent directly to the office when it is finished. At this point, we would notify you so that you can come in to pick it up. When you pick it up, our dentist will adjust the night guard as needed to ensure a proper fit. This often includes filing the night guard in certain places so that it is not too tight and does not rub against your gum.
It may also take a few tries of wearing it overnight and having adjustments to get the perfect fit. Make sure to let us know if you experience any pain or if your sleep apnea symptoms are not getting any better. Also make sure you maintain your night guard by washing it daily using soap and warm water which can help them to last about five to ten years (with proper maintenance). To get a custom-molded night guard, call HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth at (682) 516-3532 today.