Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Snoring is more than just an annoyance. And while you might want to move to the other room, it is important to remain where you are. We understand that snoring is often part of jokes and middle of the night elbow jabs, but it is more serious than you might realize. If you or your bed partner experience frequent, loud snoring, it may be a sign of sleep apnea.
By understanding the difference between snoring and sleep apnea, you can get the treatment you need without waiting for other complications to develop. One treatment option is oral appliance therapy.
What is oral appliance therapy?
According to the American Sleep Disorder Association, oral appliance therapy is an endorsed form of treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. Most sleep apnea sufferers fall into the mild to moderate categories. For these patients, oral appliance therapy is often the best option.
Yes, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are successful in treating sleep apnea. However, many patients cannot or choose not to wear the uncomfortable face mask that is attached to the air compressor. It is just difficult to use and relax in. Oral appliance therapy, on the other hand, is a more comfortable alternative that can be provided by Dr. Fuller who is trained in dental sleep medicine.
When determining how to use oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea treatment, we will typically consider three options:
- Soft palatal life appliance.
- Tongue retaining appliance.
- Mandibular repositioner.
Oral appliance therapy might be just what you need to find relief and get a better night’s rest. Contact Dr. Fuller to learn more about oral appliance therapy and how it can help.