Posted on 3/20/2019 by Rodney Rastegar
|It is common for a person with sleep apnea to not realize they have a problem. While there are tests to determine the extent of the problem of sleep apnea a person has to recognize the symptoms to know that they should take the test. Many times, a person does not realize they have an issue with sleep apnea unless someone tells the about it.
Recognizing sleep apnea is not easy, but solving it is possible There are plenty of different ways that we can treat sleep apnea once diagnosed. For many, these solutions improve their daily life without much disruption.
Oral AppliancesThe most common form of treatment for sleep apnea that most people have heard of is a CPAP machine. This machine requires you to put a mask over your nose and part of your mouth when you sleep. The machine is large and not always convenient to use. It is also something that you typically have to get with a doctor's order. Oral appliances are another option that is often easier than the machine, but just as effective.
Oral appliances are devices that you put into place while you sleep. They help keep your airway open when you sleep, which prevent the issues associated with bouts of sleep apnea. They work by forcing the lower jaw forward a little bit. They also prevent the tongue and the muscles in the upper airway from collapsing.
The Benefits of Oral AppliancesSince both the machine and the oral appliances can help with sleep apnea, it is important to learn what the benefits of oral appliances are to make a decision. They are more comfortable, portable and easy to use. They are quiet and easy to care for. For people who travel a lot, the oral appliances are much simpler to pack.
Oral appliances are custom made to fit the individual. They utilize a mold and materials that are easy to clean and meant to last. They may take a little bit of time to get used to, but they are an effective tool against sleep apnea.
To learn more about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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