Similar to mouthguards worn to prevent teeth grinding, sleep apnea appliances prevent harmful movement of your mouth while you are asleep. There are two main types of oral appliances to stop sleep apnea:
Mandibular Repositioning Appliances, which pull your lower jaw slightly forward to prevent your tongue from falling towards the back of your throat.
Tongue Retaining Appliances, which gently suction your tongue away from your airway.
Wearing an oral appliance at night will allow your breathing to flow unchecked, and will preserve your health. Your loved ones will also rejoice at the lack of snoring sounds each night.
In addition to oral appliances, you may be asked to make lifestyle changes that will help alleviate your sleep apnea. Weight loss and exercise will tighten and widen your throat tissues. Surgery may also help relieve the problem.
Are you tired and ready for a restful night’s sleep? Contact our dentist to learn whether we can correct your problem with an oral appliance.
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