Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep. This can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Dental appliances can be an effective treatment option for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
The dental appliances used for sleep disorders are known as mandibular advancement devices (MADs). They work by repositioning the lower jaw and tongue to help keep the airway open during sleep. MADs are custom-fitted to your mouth to ensure maximum effectiveness and comfort.
In addition to MADs, there are other types of dental appliances that can be used for sleep disorders, including tongue retaining devices and palatal expanders. Tongue retaining devices work by holding the tongue in a forward position, while palatal expanders help widen the upper jaw to create more space in the airway.
It’s important to note that dental appliances are not a one-size-fits-all solution and should only be used under the guidance of a qualified dental professional. A thorough evaluation of your medical history, sleep history, and physical examination is necessary to determine if a dental appliance is the right treatment option for you.
If you or a loved one is experiencing snoring or other symptoms of sleep apnea, it’s important to seek professional help.
Our team is experienced in treating sleep disorders and can provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs. Contact CUDentists today to schedule a consultation.