Do you snore loudly or find yourself groggy come daytime? You may be experiencing sleep apnea—a type of disorder in which your breathing stops abruptly at varying times during sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can result in chronic health issues like hypertension and heart disease, among others. This is why prompt diagnosis and accurate treatment by Dr. Bill Busch, Dr. Tucker VanYperen, or Dr. Caitlyn Hall of NKC Dental here at North Kansas City, MO, is vital.
Treatment and Oral Devices for Treating Sleep Apnea
Prior to determining the appropriate treatment solution for you, you must first undergo a sleep study. CPAP, or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy, is a common treatment for sleep apnea. It administers air through a mask with constant pressure down your throat, so that your airways are kept open as you sleep. Despite its effectiveness, however, not all individuals can tolerate the invasiveness of CPAP therapy.
If you’re one of these individuals and only suffer from moderate or mild symptoms of sleep apnea you might benefit more from using oral devices. Your dentist in North Kansas City, MO, can fabricate a custom-fitted oral appliance suited to your needs. These oral appliances come in different types including:
- Mandibular Advancement Device or MAD: This is the most common type of oral device used to manage sleep apnea. MADs resembles a mouth guard used in physical activities. These devices are placed on the upper and lower dental arches and have metal hinges that help the lower jaw and tongue ease forward. This aids in preventing the throat muscles from sagging into the airways. MADs can be adjusted to enable your dentist to precisely tune the position of your jaw for peak effectiveness.
- Tongue Retaining Mouthpieces: The construction of MAD and tongue retaining mouthpieces are somewhat related. MADs consist of a minute compartment that is placed around the tongue and uses a suction to hold it forward, stopping it from collapsing or falling back into your airway. Tongue retaining mouthpieces, on the other hand, are typically used if your jaw can’t be sufficiently repositioned forward.
The Benefits of Oral Devices
Oral devices can offer various benefits such as the following:
- In contrast to CPAP therapy, oral devices provide more comfort and are easier to get used to, ensuring that you’ll follow your treatment plan.
- Having a dry or itchy nose is a common problem for patients who use a CPAP machine due to the air pressure that dries their sinuses. These won’t be a problem with oral appliances.
- Since oral devices don’t come with attachments, you can use them when traveling and are easier to sleep with, especially if you move a lot during sleep.
For Questions or More Information on How Oral Devices for Sleep Apnea Can Help You, Contact Us
Dial (816) 471-2911 to book an appointment with Dr. Bill Busch, Dr. Tucker VanYperen, or Dr. Caitlyn Hall here at NKC Dental in North Kansas City, MO.