The Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
By Dental Sleep Medicine of New England
November 13, 2019
Category: Sleep apnea

Find out how this simple device could treat snoring or sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that can be dangerous if left untreated. This disorder causes pauses in sleep apneabreathing as a person sleeps, which greatly reduces blood flow to the brain and affects the restorative quality of a person’s sleep and their health. While you will want to turn to a qualified sleep specialist for a diagnosis, our Lexington, MA, dentist Dr. David Rosen can help treat the problem. He proudly serves Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas.

What is oral appliance therapy?

This custom-made dental device, which is a blend between a mouthguard and a retainer, is designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea to prevent airway restrictions during sleep. By shifting the jaws in a forward position this oral appliance can help you sleep better and improve your sleep apnea symptoms. It can also be a great way to treat chronic snoring.

What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?

One benefit is that this simple dental appliance could offer the same health benefits as CPAP therapy (continuous positive airway pressure). This simple treatment can improve everything from daytime fatigue and poor concentration to mental fog and irritability.

This device is also small, portable and comfortable. With CPAP therapy you’ll have to wear a facemask over your nose and/or mouth throughout the night. The noises of the machine may also wake light sleepers up at night. With oral appliance therapy, all the wearer has to do is pop in their device before bedtime. You only have to wear it while you are asleep. If you travel often you’ll also find it extremely easy to carry this sleep apnea treatment around with you.

The device is also custom-made by our Lexington, MA, sleep apnea dentists based on measurements taken of your mouth, which means that you will have an appliance that fits comfortably over your teeth and doesn’t cause irritation.

Who is a good candidate for oral appliance therapy?

Those dealing with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea are ideal candidates.

Are you living with sleep apnea in Lexington, MA? Want to find out if a simple oral appliance is all you need to manage your sleep apnea? If so, call Dental Sleep Medicine of New England today to schedule a consultation. Also serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas.

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