If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. David Rosen may recommend using a sleep apnea dental appliance as part of your sleep apnea treatment in Lexington, MA. Dr. Rosen provides oral appliance therapy and sleep apnea treatment options for patients that may have trouble breathing while sleeping. The sleep apnea dental appliance is a small acrylic device designed to fit over the upper and lower teeth or on the tongue, much like a retainer or a mouth guard. The device helps to open up the airways so that breathing is much easier. It is a custom made appliance that can be used to treat snoring and sleep apnea.
Interested in Sleep Apnea Treatment?
If you snore heavily and are interested in trying dental appliance therapy, it's very important that you are thoroughly examined by a physician or a sleep specialist first. The examination may involve staying overnight at a sleep study center. It's important that this examination is done first, because you may have sleep apnea without realizing it. In a study conducted at Stanford University in California, one out of three chronic, severe snorers was found to have a harmful degree of sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Dental Appliance – Types
There are several types of sleep apnea dental appliances available for patients diagnosed with sleep apnea. The two main categories are mandibular advancement devices (MAD) and tongue retaining devices (TRD). A MAD is custom made for each patient and fits over the upper and lower teeth while holding the jaw slightly forward. The TRD is also custom made but is designed to fit around the tongue. It is often recommended for patients with dentures. Patients using this sleep apnea dental appliance must be able to breathe well through their nose or they will not benefit from the appliance.
Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment
Some of the benefits of treating sleep apnea include:
• Reduces snoring in most patients
• Normalizes apnea levels
• Improves quality of sleep
• Increased energy the following day
• Improvement in overall health
• Improved mood throughout the day
If you think that you may need sleep apnea treatment in Lexington, MA, set up your consultation with Dr. Rosen as soon as possible. Dr. Rosen may recommend using a sleep apnea dental appliance and making lifestyle changes to improve the quality of your sleep.