Could an Oral Appliance Reduce Snoring or Sleep Apnea Symptoms?
Many of us snore, but not as many of us are aware snoring is actually a symptom of a problem. In many cases, snoring is our body's way of telling us that there is something blocking our airway, at least partially. This could be a symptom of full-blown sleep apnea, too. One way of being able to keep your airway open is by putting an oral appliance in when you sleep. It can shift your jaw around and keep your airway open without obstruction.
How Does an Oral Appliance work?
An oral appliance is typically used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. It works by keeping your jaw and tongue in a forward position, which prevents them from blocking your airway, even after the muscles fully relax.
The appliance, similar to a retainer, clamps on to the teeth in your upper and lower jaws. In some cases, the upper and lower portions are connected with a tube that keeps your lower jaw, chin, and tongue in a forward position. With these parts pushed forward, the airway is kept open, allowing you to breathe properly during every stage of sleep.
Oral appliances are considered easier to use than other options, such as CPAP machines. To fabricate your device, we will take an impression of your teeth and gums. This ensures your custom-fit appliance will be precise, comfortable, and effective. It can also protect your teeth from the harmful effects of nocturnal bruxism (teeth grinding).
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