What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

People suffering from chronic snoring, obstructive sleep apnea and bruxism have a difficult time getting the rest they need. Anyone sleeping nearby may also be challenged in getting a good night’s sleep due to the sound of snoring or grinding teeth. A CPAP machine may be needed to address some sleep apnea problems, but when indicated, oral appliance therapy addresses these issues.

How It Works

There are a variety of oral appliances used to treat sleep bruxism, snoring and some sleep apnea. Sometimes these devices are used as the only treatment. There are also situations in which they may be used in combination with a CPAP machine to provide comfortable, restful sleep for the patient.

In the case of sleep bruxism, the individual grinds and clenches teeth during the night. A customized nightguard is made to prevent the teeth from touching. It is created to be comfortable and stable, so that it will not dislodge during sleep, and thick enough so that it will not break.

The individualized oral appliance is made in a dental lab from 3D images of your teeth and jaw. It is made specifically for your needs, including the level of obstruction in the case of sleep apnea. The nightguard protects your teeth from grinding and clenching and can be made to hold your jaw in position to prevent snoring.

The Professional Choice

While you can get mouth guards at your local store or pharmacy, a customized nightguard addresses those issues that keep you from getting the sleep your body needs. Accurate diagnosis of your sleep disorder is necessary for effective treatment.

Professional care by a qualified dentist who has expertise in this area assures you of getting the help you need. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can have a negative impact on your quality of life. Sleep bruxism can lead to damaged teeth and cause your teeth to be more vulnerable to decay due to thinning of the enamel.

Contact Buford Sleep for more information on how we can help you protect your teeth and improve the quality of your sleep. Call today to schedule your appointment.