Oral Appliance Therapy Helps Improve Sleep

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When you have trouble sleeping due to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), this could eventually place strain on your immune and cardiovascular system. But we can offer relief with a custom and noninvasive approach. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about treating sleep issues with an oral appliance, so you can feel more rested and alert, and about heart health issues down the road!

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

When you snore on a nightly basis, this could be more than just an annoying habit. This could also mean the presence of obstructive sleep apnea. With OSA, as you rest the soft tissues in the back of the mouth and in the throat collapse, cutting off airflow. People stop breathing for brief moments, which interrupts the sleep cycle hundreds of times a night, even if people don’t remember it. These interruptions leave you feeling exhausted, with headaches, migraines, dry mouth, trouble concentrating, and other uncomfortable symptoms. In addition, this could eventually strain your immune system and cardiovascular systems, so you’re more likely to become sick, and develop heart disease, high blood pressure, and even a higher risk of stroke and heart attack. Fortunately, we can offer relief with an oral appliance.

Designing an Oral Appliance

This comfortable and noninvasive treatment option is custom-made for your smile, offering care with precision and accuracy. To begin, we will take digital images of the smile, which we combine to create a detailed 3D impression, one far more accurate and precise than a traditional physical impression. We use this in a lab setting to design and craft the oral appliance. In the meantime, you can help by resting on your side instead of your back, avoiding large meals, caffeine, and excessive alcohol before bed, and maintaining a regular sleep cycle.

Treatment

The device is similar in appearance and fit to a mouthguard, but is designed to gently shift the position of your jaw, moving it forward to prevent the collapse of soft tissues as you sleep at night. This means you breathe without interruptions to your REM sleep, and feel more rested and relaxed the next day. In addition to treating sleep apnea, our team also employs oral appliance therapy to bring relief for TMJ disorder, and treating bruxism to prevent further damage to your smile. If you have any questions about treating an issue like sleep apnea and snoring, or about correcting TMD and bruxism, then contact our team today to learn more.

Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist Provides Oral Appliance Therapy

We would like to help you enjoy a good night’s rest once again. If you would like to learn more about treating chronic snoring and sleep apnea, then contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.