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Man sleeping with sleep apnea oral appliance from Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry, Los Altos, CA

How to Treat Apnea Effectively


If you sleep on your back, it can make breathing more difficult. To make breathing easier, you should opt for sleeping on your side or even your stomach. If your sleep apnea is due to being overweight, sometimes losing weight can help with the problem. In most cases, sleep apnea is due to how your jaw and throat move around as you sleep. In this case, we can help you keep your jaw in place and your throat open by fitting you with an oral appliance. These are worn during your sleep, allowing you to breathe more easily, no matter how you sleep.

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).

The most common form of treatment for mild to severe OSA and in some cases, CSA is an oral appliance. Sometimes, this treatment is referred to as Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). OAT’s fall into two categories; approved by the FDA and not approved by the FDA. Appliances that are not approved are often referred to as Boil-and-Bite devices. These devices can be obtained without a prescription. However, without a doctor or professional to customize the fit for you, they can make apnea worse. Some cause malocclusion and loosening of the teeth.

If you have been diagnosed, or think you might have apnea. If left untreated, apnea can cause hypertension, weight gain, impotence, and headaches. Patients with sleep-disordered breathing are more likely to be involved in vehicular accidents, and experience difficulties with work. Your sleep is extremely important. We believe that no one should go without rest.

Schedule Your Consultation Appointment


If you think you may have sleep apnea, we can help! Call (650) 949-3376 to schedule your consultation appointment today!
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