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Sleep Apnea Appliances

If you are constantly tired and feel like you can’t catch your breath, you may have sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea is a dangerous, sometimes fatal medical disorder that is affecting around 10% of American men  (+40), and 6% of American women of the same age.  People who suffer from sleep apnea completely stop breathing during sleep, sometimes frequently during a single night. Apnea sufferers stop breathing normally because the airway becomes obstructed, causing a serious reduction of airflow to the lungs.

How can stop suffering from sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea oral appliances are a method to treat your condition. Oral appliances fit into your mouth like a mouthguard or nightguard and will hold your jaw in such a way as to make breathing easier, stop snoring and improve the quality of sleep. 

Oral appliances

If you suffer from sleep apnea, there are a number of dental devices that can be used to alleviate this condition with a better night's sleep. These devices work by separating the jaws slightly and pushing them forward.  This slight repositioning opens up the airway, which allows oxygen to flow freely again. Wearers of sleep apnea dental devices report that they forgot about loud snoring and sleep better.

Oral appliances are made of soft plastic or hard acrylic. Some can incorporate wires or rubber bands to offer the right sort of pressure. Most of these appliances require a prescription and a professional fitting. If a dental appliance doesn't fit properly, it might drive to orthodontic problems and trouble breathing.

A dental sleep appliance is often the best solution for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Unlike other non-surgical therapies, it is convenient and comfortable, can be worn during sleep, and will not interfere with your daily life.

Types of Sleep Apnea Appliances

Fixed Appliance:  This type of sleep apnea appliance has a set number of positions. It may or may not have “clicks” between the various settings. The most basic fixed appliance consists of a horseshoe-shaped arch that fits around the back teeth containing small metal rollers that move up and down to create forward movement in the jaw. The more advanced appliances use an electromagnet to help hold back your tongue from falling into your airway during sleep. 

Adjustable Appliance: this allows your dentist or specialist to adjust its position throughout the night as needed by moving a button on a remote control device. The button controls a magnet that moves the acrylic plate inside your mouth. It’s like having micro adjustments every time you turn over during sleep! 

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D&R Dentistry is a dental office that offers all types of dentistry services including dental examination and accurate assessments of sleep apnea appliances to improve your quality of life.Visit our dentists in Miami, FL, and schedule your next appointment with us. You can also reach us by calling 305-400-8060 or emailing to set up an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon. Let's keep in touch!

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