Sleep apnea is a condition which causes sufferers to stop breathing momentarily in their sleep. Usually, these breathing problems will cause you to wake up gasping for air. There are a number of treatments out there for sleep apnea, the most common being a CPAP machine. In recent years, preventative dentistry professionals have started offering treatments to help people with sleep apnea. In some instances, you may not be able to use a CPAP machine due to the discomfort it can cause. Finding out about the sleep apnea treatments offered by dental preventative care professionals can be beneficial when trying to get rid of this condition.
The Types of Dental Treatments Available
Before a preventative dentistry professional makes a diagnosis regarding what treatments are best to treat your sleep apnea, they will perform a sleep study. This study will help the dentist figure out the severity of your condition. One of the most used treatments to treat sleep apnea is the mandibular advancement devices (MADs). The MADs used to treat this condition look a lot like mouth guards. The guard pieces snap over the top and bottom of the teeth and have wires connecting them. These devices push the jawline slightly forward, which helps significantly when trying to reduce the strain on the airways caused by sleep apnea.
The tongue retaining mouthpieces are also a very common treatment used by preventative dental care professionals in the treatment of sleep apnea. These mouthpieces have a similar construction to the mandibular advancement devices. The main difference between the two devices is the tongue retaining mouthpiece features a section to go over the tongue. This section helps to keep the tongue pulled forward, which allows it to avoid collapsing in the back of the airway.
Qualifications for the Use of Dental Appliances
Before utilizing these dental appliances to treat your sleep apnea, you will need to meet a few qualifications like:
- You must have moderate, not severe, sleep apnea
- Primary snoring problems with the absence of sleep apnea
- You have failed at using CPAP therapy
- You refuse to have surgery to correct your moderate sleep apnea
The best way to find out if you qualify for the use of these dental appliances is by meeting with our dental preventative care professionals. We will be able to advise you on what type of treatments are right for your needs. You can contact us today to schedule an appointment to talk about the sleep apnea treatments we offer.