Sleep apnea is a problem that affects millions of people, and there are various ways to treat this serious condition.
One solution to the problem of obstructive sleep apnea is to wear an oral device while sleeping.
There are many different types of dental appliances, and therefore a device which is suitable for most patients.
While some appliances adjust the position of the jaw, others focus on the movement of the tongue.
The American Sleep Apnea Association advise that a suffering patient will generally be referred by a physician to a dentist.
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) provides a search tool to locate a dentist near you who is so qualified.
The advantages of using a dental device to cope with sleep apnea are clear. The device is discreet, easy to use, and perfect for those who travel.
There is no need to have to carry cumbersome equipment or breathing masks everywhere you travel. The custom made dental appliance is usually small enough to pop into your pocket or purse.
As long as you keep the appliance clean, then you should have no problems. It may take a small time to get used to the product, but problems such as dental stomatitis are not an issue.
Although some patients might be referred to an oral surgeon or dental hospital, many regular dentists will be able to handle the problem. Some people use an ‘anti-snoring device’ to open the airways, but these tend to be mass produced rather than custom made to fit the shape of your mouth.
Sleep apnea can be a life threatening problem, and whilst other treatments are available it seems that the use of an oral appliance is certainly growing in popularity.