Oral Appliance

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Oral Appliance services offered in Bellevue, WA

A custom-fitted oral appliance can absolutely transform the way you rest at night and is one of many treatments offered by Stephen Carstensen, DDS, Carrie Magnuson, DDS, and the team at Premier Sleep Associates in Bellevue, Washington. If you’d like to learn more about how oral appliances might fit your needs, call the office to schedule a consultation or book online in just a few clicks. 

Oral Appliance Q & A

What is an oral appliance?

An oral appliance is a device worn within your mouth while you sleep. There are hundreds of different oral appliances to choose from, each designed to perform specific functions. 

These devices are easy to install and remove and fit over the surface of your teeth. They are easy to wear, convenient to travel with, and discreet. 

Mandibular advancement devices (MAD) are usually crafted from acrylic, although there are also options made from medical-grade nylon. Some also have metal components, which help avoid any discomfort or damage to the soft tissue within your mouth. 

Oral appliances always fit the unique contouring of your teeth and mouth. This is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and your provider works closely with you to create a comfortable and effective oral appliance. 

What kinds of issues can an oral appliance treat?

Oral appliances are a common treatment option for sleep apnea. This condition develops when the muscles in your throat relax enough to partially block your airway during sleep.

An oral appliance creates a subtle change in how you hold your jaw during sleep, helping to keep your airway open enough for air to flow in and out freely. Oral appliances are a great CPAP alternative and much more comfortable for most people. 

Oral appliances can protect your teeth from damage caused by nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism). They can also improve jaw alignment and reduce symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

How long does it take to get used to wearing an oral appliance?

It takes time to get used to the feeling of wearing a new oral appliance. You might run your tongue over the device for the first few days or change your jaw position as you grow used to the sensation. 

Before long, your body and brain adapt to the sensations of wearing your new oral appliance. Eventually, placing your appliance will become just another part of your bedtime routine, and it will begin to feel odd to fall asleep without it. 

For most people, the benefits of wearing an oral appliance far outweigh the brief adjustment period. You’ll love how you feel after a solid night of rest. 

When you’re ready to get started, call the Premier Sleep Associates office to schedule a visit or book online in a matter of moments.