What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is simply a custom made device that is fitted to your mouth and it repositions your jaw slightly forward in order to open your airway and let the air through. As we explained above, most OSA is caused by an obstruction in the airway which is typically the tongue or soft pallet falling back and obstructing air flow.
The oral appliance simply repositions the jaw to open the airway. It’s simple, comfortable and cost effective. Best of all there are no hoses, electricity, noise or condensation to deal with. It is true freedom device for stopping snoring and treating sleep apnea.
This is not to be confused with the “boil and bites” you see advertised on television or in a local drug store. This is not the same. The kind you see on television are not near as effective are not adjustable like the oral appliance administered by a sleep dentist.
Many patients report getting the best rest they have had in years and many say they have dreamed for the first time in a long time after receiving oral appliance therapy.
That’s it…Oral Appliance Therapy is just that simple and it’s effective.
What’s Your Next Step
There are two things to be considered. One is if you are diagnosed and the other is if you haven’t been diagnosed but think you might have sleep apnea.
You’ve Been Diagnosed
If you have been diagnosed, then call the office of the dentist you got this book from or look online for a sleep dentist in your area. Set an appointment and be sure to take your sleep study with you in order for them to fully understand how severe your sleep apnea is.
If it has been a while since you had a sleep study, they may recommend you having a current one done in order to be able to treat your sleep apnea in the most optimal way possible.
You Haven’t Been Diagnosed But Think You Might Have Sleep Apnea
If you think you might have sleep apnea, let us just go over a few signs and symptoms one more time:
* Loud or chronic snoring
* Choking, snorting or gasping for breath during sleep
* Long pauses in your breathing
* Daytime sleepiness no matter how much time you spend in bed
* You wake up with a dry mouth or a soar throat
* Have morning headaches
* Restless or fitful sleep
* Insomnia or nighttime awakenings
* Frequently going to the bathroom during the night
* Waking up and feeling out of breath
* Forgetfulness and not being able to concentrate
* Moodiness, irritability, depression, changes in temperament
If you are experiencing some or all of these, you could have sleep apnea. Your first step is to contact a certified sleep dentist who can then help you get a sleep study to determine just how severe your sleep apnea may be.
Don’t hesitate to take action. Sleep apnea shouldn’t be taken lightly.