Has your medical practitioner diagnosed you with sleep apnea? If so, please contact our experienced team of dentists near you for personalized oral appliance therapy. Many patients may not be aware that our qualified dentists can help ease mild to moderate sleep apnea by administering oral appliance therapy.
Patients usually visit our dental practice at Belknap Dental Associates after they’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea in Dover is a chronic condition that forces patients to stop breathing at different times during sleep. During obstructive sleep apnea, the airway collapses during breathing and prevents oxygen from reaching the lungs. Sleep apnea often leads to daytime fatigue, lethargy, and sleeplessness. Untreated sleep apnea may have many short and long-term effects.
The good news is, we can fit you with a customized oral appliance that prevents the tongue from blocking the airway and holds the jaw forward. Oral appliance therapy is particularly suitable for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Those with severe sleep apnea problems may need to use a CPAP machine with a mask.
If your sleep or your partner’s sleep is getting interrupted due to constant snoring, please book an appointment to get an oral appliance.
If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, our skilled dentists in Dover will first assess your oral cavity. We may take x-rays or molds of the oral cavity and send these to an off-site dental lab to get your oral appliance fabricated. Over-the-counter oral appliances can feel bulky and ill-fitting and may worsen the problem.
Wearing a snug and made-to-measure oral appliance can help you enjoy an undisturbed night of sleep by keeping the airway open. Once your oral appliance is ready for use, we will ask you to wear it to check for fit and comfort. It’s a good idea to change your oral appliance once a year as they may be prone to wear and tear.
To learn more about the latest sleep apnea treatment near you, please contact Belknap Dental Associates for an appointment today.