Improve Your Quality of Sleep With Oral Appliance Therapy
Do you or a loved one struggle with sleep apnea, a condition that disrupts your breathing during sleep and can lead to a host of health issues? At Oakland Family Dental, our Waterford, MI dentist, Dr. Amanda Sheehanl is here to introduce you to a non-invasive and effective solution: Oral Appliance Therapy. This innovative approach has been changing lives, providing relief for those with sleep apnea, and improving overall quality of life.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral Appliance Therapy is a specialized treatment for sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Unlike traditional methods, which may involve cumbersome machines or surgical interventions, this therapy utilizes custom-made oral devices. These devices are designed to be worn during sleep and work by repositioning the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open, thus allowing for uninterrupted breathing.
Benefits of Oral Appliances
- Non-Invasive: Unlike surgery, which can be daunting and require significant recovery time, oral appliance therapy is non-invasive. It involves no surgical procedures, making it a comfortable and accessible option for many patients.
- Comfortable and Convenient: The custom-made oral appliances are designed for comfort, ensuring that patients can wear them throughout the night without discomfort. They’re also convenient for travel, making it easier to maintain your sleep apnea treatment regimen.
- Improved Sleep Quality: By effectively reducing or eliminating the interruptions in breathing, oral appliance therapy leads to a significant improvement in sleep quality. Patients often report feeling more rested, alert, and energized throughout the day.
- Enhanced Overall Health:Treating sleep apnea can have a positive impact on various aspects of your health. It can help lower blood pressure, improve cognitive function, and reduce the risk of associated conditions like heart disease and stroke.
How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?
- Consultation and Examination: The process begins with a thorough assessment by Dr. Sheehan at Oakland Family Dental. This includes an examination of your oral structure, as well as discussing your sleep apnea symptoms and medical history.
- Custom Appliance Fabrication: If deemed a suitable candidate, a custom-made oral appliance will be created to fit your mouth precisely. This ensures maximum effectiveness and comfort.
- Fitting and Adjustments: Once the appliance is ready, you will return to our Waterford office for a fitting. Our team will ensure that it fits comfortably and make any necessary adjustments for optimal results.
- Regular Follow-Ups: Periodic check-ups will be scheduled to monitor your progress and make any needed modifications to the appliance.
Oral Appliance Maintenance
Cleaning and maintaining your oral appliance is essential to ensure its longevity and effectiveness. Here are the steps to follow:
- Rinse After Use: After wearing the oral appliance during the night, rinse it thoroughly with warm water. This helps remove any saliva or debris.
- Use a Soft Toothbrush: Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to gently brush the appliance. You can use a non-abrasive toothpaste or a specialized cleaner recommended by your dental professional.
- Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the appliance’s materials. Stick to mild, non-alcoholic, and non-abrasive cleaning solutions.
- Inspect for Damage: Regularly inspect the oral appliance for any signs of wear or damage. If you notice cracks, loose parts, or any other issues, contact your dental professional for repairs or replacements.
- Store Properly: When not in use, store the oral appliance in its provided case. This helps protect it from dust and contaminants.
- Keep It Dry: Ensure that the appliance is completely dry before storing it. Moisture can promote bacterial growth and odors.
- Regular Check-ups: Schedule periodic check-ups at Oakland Family Dental. Dr. Sheehan will assess the condition of the appliance and make any necessary adjustments or replacements.
By following these steps, you can maintain your oral appliance in excellent condition, ensuring it continues to provide effective relief for your sleep apnea.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most patients typically adapt to the oral appliance within a few days to a few weeks. It’s important to note that the adjustment period may vary from person to person. During this time, your dentist will provide guidance and support to ensure your comfort and effectiveness with the device.
Yes, you can still sleep in any position with the oral appliance. The design of the appliance allows for comfortable sleep in various positions, whether on your back, side, or stomach. This flexibility ensures that you can find the position that is most comfortable for you while still benefiting from the therapy for sleep apnea.
Many insurance providers offer coverage for Oral Appliances Therapy as a treatment for sleep apnea. However, it’s important to note that coverage may vary depending on your specific insurance plan and provider. It’s recommended to check with your insurance company to understand the extent of your coverage.
In most cases, your oral appliance can be adjusted to accommodate any changes in your dental structure due to procedures like fillings, crowns, or extractions. It’s important to inform your dentist about your oral appliance, so they can work together to ensure a comfortable fit. It may be necessary to have the appliance adjusted or modified after dental work, so be sure to schedule a follow-up appointment.
Begin Your Journey to Restful Nights Today!
At Oakland Family Dental, we understand the impact that sleep apnea can have on your daily life. Oral appliance therapy offers an effective, non-invasive solution to help you regain restful sleep and improve your overall health. Contact us today by calling Oakland Family Dental at (248) 674-0384 to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a better night’s sleep.
Our experienced dental team is eager to help patients in Shelby, Bloomfield Hills, and Rochester, MI improve the quality of their sleep.