Dental Tips Blog

Jul
25

Snoring Appliances

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Do you or your loved one suffer over lost sleep due to snoring? Sleep disturbed breathing such as chronic snoring can cause fatigue, headaches, and many restless nights. Because many sleep disturbances are caused by a collapse of oral tissues in the back of the mouth, some people are looking to their dentists for relief concerning their snoring habit.

One appliance that dentists use to help patients prevent snoring is the TAP jaw-positioning device. This small, comfortable device is easy to wear and helps keep the tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing and blocking the airway. It works by guiding the jaw forward during sleep, instead of allowing it to slip farther back and causing airway blockage. As a result, the person wearing the TAP appliance can breathe easier and have a decrease in snoring. Not only does this result in a better night’s rest for the patient, but it helps their loved one sleep better as well.

Sleep disordered breathing has been effectively treated by many dentists, eliminating the patient’s need for bulky, invasive appliances such as the CPAP machine. The TAP can be compared to a maneuver used during CPR, where rescue breathing is performed after the victim’s jaw has been shifted forward. This opens the airway and allows for optimum oxygen flow. Similarly, the TAP device increases your oxygen by opening this area of the airway and preventing you from constantly waking due to lack of air supply. All patients are carefully fitted for the device so that it fits securely during their rest. Follow up visits are important to monitor improvements as well as the overall long-term positioning of the jaws.

Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center

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Feb
11

Sleep Disorders and Your Dentist

Posted in Sleep Apnea

Sleep disorders can happen when the delicate tissues at the back of your mouth collapse when you are sleeping, causing an airway obstruction. When this happens throughout the night as you sleep it can cause you to wake frequently and not get enough rest.

Understanding the way your oral tissues and facial joints work together during breathing is an aspect also understood by your dentist. In some cases the use of a specialized oral appliance made by your dentist can be as effective as other types of sleep apnea therapies. Some sleep disordered breathing patients have found that dental appliances that keep the jaw in a certain alignment have removed their need to use CPAP machines while they sleep.

Finding the proper jaw alignment during sleep can keep the soft tissues from collapsing against each other, allowing air to continue to flow through your airway. Sleep studies show that some patients naturally move their jaw during sleep in order to re-open the airway themselves after experiencing oxygen deprivation. This is similar to a step used in CPR. Rather than your body having to do this on its own after being without oxygen, a dental appliance can place your teeth in the correct position and allow your jaw to stay in place, preventing an air blockage from occurring. There are also other types of oral appliances available that work differently with your oral tissues but produce the same end results.

If you’re suffering from sleep disordered breathing, ask your dentist about an oral appliance. You may find it simpler and less invasive than other traditional forms of sleep apnea treatments, and sleep better in the long run.

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