Oral Surgery Provided in Rowley
For many years, patients with sleep apnea in Rowley needed to use a CPAP machine. It helps the condition by continuously pumping oxygen into the patient to keep their airway open as they sleep. While it can be helpful for some, it can present a host of issues for others. People often find the mask to be very uncomfortable, leading many to even feel claustrophobic. The machine creates quite a bit of noise, which not only disturbs the patient, but also anyone who is sharing the room with them. It can be quite bulky as well, restricting movement and making it very impractical for travel. This list of problems is why nearly 50% of all CPAP users stop using their machine after the first year. Fortunately, Dr. St. Clair, your dentist in Rowley, can offer you a viable CPAP alternative.
Oral Appliance Therapy
One of the simplest and least invasive ways to treat sleep apnea is with oral appliance therapy. Many patients prefer it over a CPAP machine because the appliances are small, portable, quiet, and easy to use. The actual appliance is a small device that is worn over the teeth, similar to a retainer or mouthguard. There are two main types of oral appliances:
- Mandibular repositioning devices– These oral appliances reposition your lower jaw forward and down slightly to keep your airway open while you sleep. Mandibular repositioning devices are the most widely used oral appliances.
- Tongue retaining devices– These oral appliances keep your tongue in a neutral position to keep your airway open.
Both of these methods prevent the soft tissue in your mouth and throat from obstructing your airway while you sleep. Every oral appliance is custom made to fit each patient. They are both more comfortable and more effective than typical over-the-counter devices that are often only available in one size.
The oral appliances provided by Dr. St. Clair are made of flexible, yet durable materials to assure the well-being of everyone that wears them. Patients are able to talk and drink normally while they have them in, meaning they do not need to drastically alter any nighttime routines. Nearly 95% of patients who regularly use an oral appliance have seen a dramatic increase in their sleep quality.
Oral appliances are also able to address a multitude other issues, often being prescribed to help prevent nighttime teeth grinding (or bruxism), eliminate chronic jaw pain, or even serve as a cure for snoring.
How Can I Get An Oral Appliance?
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, want to get rid of your CPAP, or simply want to stop snoring, make an appointment today with Dr. St. Clair. That way, he can give you an examination and decide if oral appliance therapy is the best way to give you a restful night’s sleep. You don’t have to suffer with sleep apnea or deal with the inconvenience of a CPAP machine anymore. If you are ready to take back control of your sleep, give us a call today.