One of the most effective treatments for OSA or obstructive sleep apnea and snoring is oral appliance therapy. An oral sleep appliance is customized to improve your sleep, revitalize your health and restore your alertness. The appliance is only worn while you are sleeping and fits just like an orthodontic retainer or a sports mouth guard. Your jaw is supported in a forward position to keep your upper airway open. Research has confirmed using an oral appliance effectively treats both sleep apnea and snoring.
You will then need to consult with Dr. Wendy Willoughby DDS to receive oral appliance therapy. The FDA has approved in excess of 100 oral appliances. Your prescription will be for the best appliance for your individual needs.
The Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
This type of therapy is non-invasive, effective and easy to work into your lifestyle. There are a lot of benefits including:
• Easy to wear
• Easy to take care of
• Very convenient when travelling
Dr. Willoughby works closely when treating sleep apnea and snoring. During your first visit with her, the benefits of the treatment will be explained. You will also be given information that should answer any questions you may have regarding your treatment. The next step is a complete clinical evaluation. This includes a full examination of your airway, tongue, jaw and teeth. In some cases an x-ray of your mouth may be necessary.
The Complete Process
You oral appliance is customized using either a physical or digital impression of your teeth. This impression is turned into a model and sent to a dental laboratory for your appliance to be made. Once you have received your appliance, you will need to make an appointment with Dr. Willoughby for your fitting. She will make any adjustments necessary to ensure your appliance is effective and comfortable. You will be taught how to clean, care for and maintain your appliance. You may be scheduled to participate in a sleep study to make certain your treatment was successful.
You will need to continue to see Dr. Willoughby to make certain your appliance has an optimal fit. The most effective appliances must be customized and adjusted as time passes to make certain they are as effective as possible. When you use this type of therapy to treat your sleep apnea, the impact is very noticeable. You will discover using your appliance nightly dramatically improves your symptoms along with the quality of your life.
Using an oral appliance will most likely improve your quality of sleep, make you feel sharper throughout your day and provide more energy. Treating your sleep apnea at Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville, NC helps you achieve a healthier mind, body and heart. If you are interested in treating your sleep apnea, contact us today to schedule your consultation!