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Sleep Appliances

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Sleep Appliances

Dental sleep appliances, also known as mandibular advancement devices, present a promising alternative for managing obstructive sleep apnea. Recognizing the signs of sleep apnea is crucial: from snoring and gasping for breath at night to witnessing pauses in breathing by a bed partner, the symptoms can be varied and impactful. Other indicators, such as morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating, shouldn't be overlooked. Left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to numerous health concerns, including high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, metabolic issues, cancer, and mental health conditions like depression.

Fortunately, there are many reputable local sleep physicians and primary care providers who can assist with conducting a sleep study, often from the comfort of one's own home.

Should an oral appliance prove to be a suitable treatment option, our dentist Dr. Tonya Frys, with her extensive 97 continuing education hours through the American Academy of General Dentistry's Mastery program, stands ready to provide comprehensive care. If you have any concerns or questions, be sure to ask at your next routine visit!

The Benefits of Sleep Appliances

  • Sleep appliances help alleviate snoring, sleep apnea, and teeth grinding, allowing individuals to achieve deeper, more restful sleep and wake up refreshed.
  • By repositioning the jaw, tongue, or soft tissues of the mouth, sleep appliances reduce airway obstruction and snoring, creating a quieter and more peaceful sleep environment for both the individual and their sleep partner.
  • Sleep appliances can effectively treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea by keeping the airway open during sleep, reducing the frequency and severity of breathing interruptions and associated symptoms such as daytime fatigue and irritability.
  • Sleep appliances can protect teeth from damage caused by teeth grinding (bruxism) by providing a cushioning barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing wear and tear on tooth enamel,, and reducing jaw discomfort.
  • Unlike surgical interventions or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, sleep appliances offer a non-invasive treatment option that is comfortable, convenient, and well-tolerated by many individuals.
  • Sleep appliances are custom-made to comfortably fit each individual's mouth, ensuring optimal effectiveness and minimal discomfort during use.
  • By improving sleep quality and reducing sleep-related disturbances, sleep appliances can lead to increased energy levels, improved cognitive function, and enhanced mood and productivity during waking hours.
  • Sleep appliances are compact, lightweight, and easy to transport, making them ideal for use at home or while traveling. They ensure consistent treatment and uninterrupted sleep even when away from home.
  • Sleep appliances contribute to long-term health and well-being by promoting better sleep and reducing the risks associated with sleep disorders, such as cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment.
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Below are a few different examples of oral appliances that may be a good fit for you. These are custom fit and are titrated to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

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