Oral Appliance Therapy in Orlando, FL
Oral Appliance Therapy from our Orlando dentists.
If you snore or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), oral appliance therapy could be an effective treatment. If so, your Designer Smiles dentist will fit you with a custom oral sleep appliance to help you get some much-needed rest and relief.
For most patients, oral appliance therapy makes sleep easier to achieve, leaving them feeling alert, better rested and ready to face a new day. Here’s what you need to know to get started on a better night’s sleep.
How does oral appliance therapy help?
Oral appliance therapy consists of a device worn during sleep to hold your jaw in a forward position. This forward jaw movement helps open the upper airway. For those who snore or experience obstructive sleep apnea, the appliance makes it easier to breathe freely during sleep. The device is similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard used in athletics.
What type of appliance works best?
Based on an examination, your Designer Smiles dentist will discuss your options. If he or she believes this type of therapy can work for you, you will be given a prescription for a custom-fitted appliance. You may also be referred to a qualified oral appliance therapist.
There are more than 100 oral appliances currently approved by the FDA. Your oral appliance specialist will choose the one best suited to your particular needs. Most are covered by health insurance.
How do I know oral appliance therapy will work for me?
Generally speaking, oral appliance therapy can be an effective method for treating snoring and other sleep-related problems like obstructive sleep apnea. Most patients find the device comfortable and easy to wear. Oral appliances are also convenient, portable and easily maintained.
What should I expect at my visit?
Your Designer Smiles Orlando dentist will work closely with you to determine how to treat your snoring or sleep apnea. If recommended, your dentist will discuss the benefits of oral appliance treatment, as well as the costs and any potential side effects. After a complete evaluation of your teeth, jaw and airway, and possibly an X-ray of your mouth, your dentist will advise you as to which oral appliance is right for your needs.
Are oral appliances comfortable?
In short, yes. To ensure a custom fit of your oral appliance, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and make digital or physical models of your teeth. The models will then be sent to a lab where a technician will fabricate your oral appliance to the exact dimensions specified.
On a subsequent visit, your dentist will fit your new oral appliance into your mouth, making any necessary adjustments to ensure comfort and effectiveness. You will also be instructed on how to use and care for the device.
Oral Appliance Therapy Long-Term Care
During follow-up visits, your dentist will monitor how well the device is working and address any problems you may be experiencing. Adjustments may be made to improve the fit of your appliance. These adjustments are typical with any custom-fitted device. Once your dentist is sure you’re getting the greatest impact and maximum comfort from your oral appliance, you will re-assessed on an annual basis.
What can I expect from using an oral appliance?
Most patients experience almost immediate relief for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Once you start getting a good night’s sleep, you may find the quality of your life also greatly improves.
It’s important, however, to continue using oral appliance therapy nightly. Actually, most patients find they don’t want to go without it. In addition to the newfound energy and clarity you’ll experience during the day, you may also notice improvements in your overall physical and mental health as well.