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If you suffer from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea or snoring, you already know how frustrating the associated symptoms can be. Perhaps you experience poor sleep and find it hard to focus during the day, or maybe your partner has expressed concerns about your snoring.
Here at Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, Dr. Steven A. Brisman and his team specialize in a range of dental treatments that can relieve these problems and help patients to get a restful sleep. One of those treatments is oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy involves wearing a removable oral appliance while you sleep. The device is much like an orthodontic retainer or sports mouthguard and is molded to the teeth for a customized and comfortable fit.
Oral appliances work by preventing your airway from collapsing by either supporting your jaw in a forward position or holding the tongue. They are especially effective at treating the following conditions during the night:
The benefits of oral appliance therapy are noticeable almost instantly. When was the last time you awoke feeling refreshed and ready to face the day? If you can't remember, it could be time to tap into those benefits for yourself.
Treating your sleep apnea or snoring with oral appliance therapy can make you feel like a completely new person. When you are committed to wearing your appliance every night, you'll start to notice a marked improvement in your quality of life and even your relationships, especially if your partner begins to sleep better, too!
The advantages of oral appliance therapy include:
Oral appliance therapy can be very effective for patients experiencing mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Worn during the night, the device keeps the airway open and helps to keep breathing steady and consistent. For many patients, oral appliances can offer a good alternative to CPAP devices. If you currently use a CPAP but the mask and tubes are making you feel restricted or claustrophobic, oral appliance therapy could be right for you. Not only will you have improved comfort and mobility while you sleep but you will also eliminate abrasions and soreness to the mouth and face caused by prolonged mask wear.
Whether your snoring is affecting you, your partner or both, oral appliance therapy can help everyone sleep easier. Snoring is caused by the tongue or throat vibrating as you breathe. A custom-made oral appliance will keep your airway open while you sleep reducing the chances of you snoring.
The medical definition of bruxism is grinding, clenching or gnashing your teeth. It can happen during the day but mostly occurs during the night while you are asleep. This unconscious movement of the jaw can cause significant damage to the teeth in severe cases. If you think that you may grind your teeth during your sleep, speak to our team. We can carry out a full examination of your teeth and recommend the use of oral appliance therapy for bruxism treatment if necessary.
If you have recently been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), we may recommended oral appliance therapy. When worn overnight, oral appliances can give your jaw a break, stopping it from clenching together. The appliance works by creating a gap between your top and bottom jaw. This will help to relieve any of the pressure that it has gone through during the day and allow your jaw to rest.
Many patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, TMJ and bruxism are good candidates for oral appliance therapy. Whether you have been suffering from one of these conditions for years, your diagnosis is new or you just want an alternative to CPAP, we would be delighted to assist. We have helped countless patients to discover what a good night's sleep really feels like and to experience improved wellbeing and quality of life.
While over-the-counter oral appliances are available, they simply cannot deliver the results a customized solution can provide. In fact, you could do more harm than good using this type of solution. Our oral appliances are custom-made for your mouth. We take impressions and models of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit for every patient. These impressions are then sent to our dental lab where your appliance is made.
Once your appliance is ready, we will arrange an appointment for your fitting. At the appointment, we'll tell you all you need to know about wearing and caring for your oral appliance and make any necessary adjustments to its comfort and fit. Following your fitting, our team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about using your appliance. You should be used to wearing your appliance to bed after a couple of days.
At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, Dr. Steven A. Brisman and his team are committed to helping patients get a restful night's sleep. We will work with your physician or sleep specialist to treat your sleep apnea or snoring effectively. After a complete clinical evaluation including an examination of your jaw, teeth, tongue, and airway, we will determine whether oral appliance therapy is the best solution for you.
Schedule an appointment with us today or get in touch to find out more about oral appliance therapy. We would be delighted to tell you more about the solutions we have available and how we can help you to improve the quality of your sleep and overall wellbeing.