Oral Appliance Therapy
At South Austin Dental, we can provide oral appliance therapy to help with a range of conditions such as snoring and sleep apnea. Problems such as sleep apnea can cause a significant disruption to peoples’ lives. It causes them to temporarily stop breathing in the night, causing them to wake up. This makes it difficult for them to get sufficient sleep, which can cause considerable detriment to their quality of life. Our team of experienced experts, though, can provide oral appliance therapy that will help to overcome sleep apnea and some other conditions. With just one visit to us, you can take your life back again.
How it Works
Obstructive sleep apnea is generally caused by something blocking the airways, preventing us from breathing. This is often down to the tissues surrounding the airways caving inward, blocking the passage. With air unable to pass through, the patient is unable to breathe, and they wake up as a result. One thing that can cause this is the relaxation of the lower jaw at night. When relaxed, it can automatically slide back a little, restricting space at the back of the throat. One solution to this problem is oral appliance therapy.
Our experts can provide oral appliance therapy devices, commonly called sleep apnea mouthguards, that will help hold your jaw forward when sleeping. With the mouthguard in place, the lower jaw will not slip back when relaxed, preventing it from restricting space at the back of the throat. Our team will make sure the appliance is a good fit for you, helping to make you as comfortable as possible.
Our oral appliance therapy can also help to prevent snoring. Snoring is often accompanied by sleep apnea, but not always. While snoring alone may not be a problem for the patient, it can be a very big problem for any partners they may have shared the bed with them. The mouthguard can help prevent snoring in the same way. In preventing the jaw from sliding back when relaxed, the back of the throat will be kept clear, allowing air to pass through freely. It is a solution that is a godsend to many long-suffering partners of people that snore regularly.
The right oral appliance for you will depend on some factors, and there are quite a few to choose from. Visit our office, and we will be able to advise you on what products are available and what is best for you. If needed, we can also arrange for a custom-made appliance to be made just for you. This will help maximize its comfort and effect. Regardless of which is best for you, our team will make sure you get the appliance that fits in with your needs and your budget best.
If you would like to learn more about oral appliance therapy, then contact us at South Austin Dental at (512) 441-8922 today. Without our expert advice and know-how, we can help to make your sleep apnea and snoring problems go away.