Mouthguards, or oral appliances, are coming out as being an effective way of helping some people treat their sleep apnea. The appliances move your mouth and jaw around into a position where your airway is less likely to close, plus they have the added benefit of keeping you from grinding your teeth.
If you have been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, or believe you may have this ailment, you should make an appointment with your dentist to see if a mouthguard would be an effective form of treatment for you.
Getting a Custom Mouthguard for Sleep Apnea Can Make a Big Difference
When you go in to see your dentist, either they will work with you to create a custom mouthguard or they will recommend another dentist they work with to help you. Dentists create these mouthguards so that your teeth are not injured or displaced while you are using these mouthguards. It is important that you have the right fit as you will be wearing these appliances upwards of 8 or 9 hours each day.
You will get a mold made of your mouth for this procedure, and a mouthguard will be crafted off of your exact mouth. The guards you can buy at drug stores are not custom to your teeth and could cause pain or discomfort while wearing them. Once the mouthguard is complete, you will be checked for proper fit and sent home to use it each night while you sleep. Make sure you clean it out each day so you do not have bacteria against your teeth when you wear it.
A mouthguard is often quite effective when using it to combat the symptoms of sleep apnea, as long as you use the right kind. Find out more by contacting our office today!