Treat Mild to Moderate Sleep Apnea/Snoring with Dental Appliances
By William Ralstin, D.D.S.
May 16, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Affecting approximately 67% of adults, snoring can often keep you up at night. If you or a loved one suffer from loud snoring, restless nighttime sleep and extreme daytime sleepiness, you may want to talk to our cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth for further diagnosis and treatment. Snoring is such a common problem that people tend to under-rate its seriousness, but Dr. William Ralstin is available to help you better understands your symptoms.
Disrupted sleep on an on-going basis can affect the physical well-being of both the snorer and partner alike. ENT specialists are not the only ones to treat snoring; our Fort Worth dental implant specialist is available to help with the suggestion of a special mouth guard, also known as an oral appliance, for sleeping. Mouth guards have been effective for many people who snore, including those suffering from mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy utilizes a device that is inserted into your mouth when you are sleeping to help you stop snoring. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine has recently identified oral appliances as an effective treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. Offered by our office in Fort Worth, sleep apnea treatment involves the use of an oral appliance, which is a device that is fitted into your mouth to prevent snoring. It does so by preventing your jaw and tongue from dropping back into the throat while you are sleeping. One of the main reasons people snore is the tongue dropping back into the throat and the wind from the airways “flaps” your mouth’s soft tissue like a flag.
A durable device, provided by our office, this sleep apnea treatment in Fort Worth has multiple uses including snoring problems, bruxism or teeth grinding and TMJ. The oral appliance’s unique inner lining is softened by heat during the fitting process and is custom fitted to your individual needs. It fits snuggly over your top teeth while you sleep and is designed to prevent your tongue from dropping towards the back of your throat, which helps to keep your airway open, effectively relieving the main cause of snoring.
If you snore or someone you know snores, visit our cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth today for further consultation. Oral appliance therapy is comfortable, patented, and easy to wear so that you can end your snoring problems and achieve a better night’s sleep.