Did you know that a good night’s sleep can impact your oral health? It is estimated that over 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. For many of our patients, using a CPAP machine isn’t realistic. We work to provide dental sleep apnea solutions to help our patients manage their sleep apnea, such as specialized oral devices.
Although CPAP machines are arguably one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea, we know that they aren’t always feasible for our patients. At Norwood Dental, we offer mandibular advancement devices (MAD) and tongue retaining devices to help you get a great night’s sleep.
A mandibular advancement device is the most commonly used dental sleep apnea device. Similar to a mouthguard, the MAD fits over your top and bottom teeth, but works to move the mandible forward and clear the airway.
Used less often, but still an effective way to treat sleep apnea, a tongue retaining device is a splint that holds the tongue in place and keeps the airway open. This is often recommended for those with a milder form of the condition.
If your dentist recommends a dental sleep apnea device as part of your care plan, it is important that you are fitted for a device that is formed to your mouth; an ill-fitting dental device can cause tooth damage and lead to tooth loss.
When getting fitted for a dental sleep apnea device, your dentist will create a mold of your teeth and construct a device that is custom-made for your bite.
You will need to schedule regular appointments with your dentist to make any necessary adjustments to your sleep apnea device. It is essential that you track your sleeping habits and inform your dentist of any changes or side effects you may be experiencing. Your devices can be adjusted to better treat your sleep apnea.
We care about our patients when they are in and out of our office – and even when they’re sleeping! If you believe you may have sleep apnea, contact a member of our care team. Our dental professionals will work with you to help you get the best night’s sleep possible.