How An Oral Appliance Can Treat Sleep Apnea

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If you or your partner snore heavily the majority of nights, contact Nashua Family Dentistry to find out if you could benefit from a sleep apnea or snoring solution! At our Nashua, NH dentist office, our highly-skilled dentists and professional team can improve your sleep and quality of life with custom-made oral appliances.

Oral appliances can do a lot more than just prevent you from snoring. If you have sleep apnea or just snore regularly, here are some of the benefits you can look forward to by using an oral appliance:

  • Get more restful sleep and wake feeling refreshed
  • Avoid disturbing your partner while they sleep
  • Reduce your risk of several more severe afflictions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and more
  • Decrease your chances of waking with a sore throat
  • Reduce the possibility of developing depression
  • Improve your focus and alertness throughout the day
  • Lessen your chances of having headaches

In most cases, snoring and other breathing issues that occur while sleeping arise because your jaws and tongue relax to the point that they fall toward the back of your throat some and block your airway. To prevent this from happening, your custom oral appliance will shift and keep your jaws slightly forward.

Experience The Perks Of An Oral Appliance

Sleep apnea is a disorder which results in brief pauses in normal breathing during sleep. There are many ways to treat sleep apnea, snoring, and other sleep-related issues. One method that many are aware of is a CPAP machine, which uses a small mask to push air into your nose and/or mouth to open up your airway. If this sounds uncomfortable, that’s because it usually is for most patients.

At Nashua Family Dentistry, we offer custom-made oral appliances instead of CPAP machines and other uncomfortable or invasive procedures like surgery. Our oral appliances offer many advantages over CPAP machines because they are:

  • Travel-friendly – easily fits in a carry-on or even a small bag or purse
  • Comfortable – made from smooth plastic that precisely fits your mouth instead of a bulky exterior mask with tubes like CPAP
  • Quiet – completely silent so you don’t have to trade snoring for a noisy machine
  • Easy and cheap to care for – just use a soft bristle brush with warm water and dish soap

Get Custom Sleep Apnea And Snoring Solutions

To determine the severity of your sleep-related troubles, we will provide a home sleep test. If that is not enough to ascertain the best course of action, we can also refer you to a local sleep physician we work with.

Not all oral appliances are created equal. We offer different versions depending on whether you suffer from simple snoring, severe sleep apnea, or something in between. We may also recommend an oral appliance for your upper or lower teeth or both.

Regardless of which option we recommend for you, your oral appliance will be custom-made to fit your mouth comfortably and precisely.

When we recommend oral appliances, we often have patients assume they will be similar to the bulky boil-and-bite athletic mouthguards people use for football and other contact sports. This is not the case at Nashua Family Dentistry. We will take a precise impression of your mouth to ensure a snug fit. Your oral appliance will be easy to put in and you’ll still be able to talk and drink water while wearing it.

Other patients falsely assume the oral appliance might lead to jaw pain. In fact, your oral appliance could serve a dual purpose by also preventing the teeth grinding that often occurs as a side effect of sleep apnea. This will allow your jaw to relax and heal instead of becoming more inflamed.

Know The Increased Risk Factors Of Sleep Apnea

There is no one cause of sleep apnea or a sure-fire way to avoid it. That said, if any of the following situations apply to you, you may have an increased risk of sleep apnea or other sleep-related snoring problems:

  • Being male
  • Being over forty years old
  • Having a thick neck (over sixteen inches in diameter for women, over seventeen for men)
  • A family history of sleep apnea
  • Having a large tongue or tonsils

No matter the cause of your sleep apnea, we’ll find a solution that allows you to sleep better and improve your quality of life.

To learn how you can start enjoying more restful nights with a sleep apnea or snoring solution, call Nashua Family Dentistry at 603-546-7460. You can also use our online form.

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