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Solving Snoring and Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy

If disruptive snoring or sleep apnea keeps you or a loved one tossing and turning each night, oral appliance therapy presents an effective treatment option, says the dentists at Discovery Dental & Implants.

As leaders in mandibular advancement devices, they explain how custom-fitted mouthpieces safely and naturally correct underlying airway issues restoring restorative rest.

What Causes These Issues?

During slumber, relaxed throat muscles can partially collapse blocking the airway. The jaw also shifts back restricting airflow through the nose and mouth. Extra weight, genetics, and nasal issues heighten risks according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Snoring occurs when throat tissues vibrate from turbulence, while apnea completely halts breathing for short intervals.

Effects of Untreated Sleep Disorders

Beyond irritability from fragmented rest, poor-quality shut-eye carries serious health risks if left unchecked. Untreated sleep apnea is linked to diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension studies show. It also increases accident dangers at work posing occupational hazards. Discovery Dental & Implants urgently address signs like observed breathing pauses, gasping/choking upon waking, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Evaluating the Airway

A thorough exam identifies airway obstructions through the oral cavity, sinus cavities, and tonsils potentially contributing to issues. Overnight sleep studies objectively monitor breathing, heart rate, and brain activity pinpointing the severity and frequency of events. This information helps dentists custom-fit oral appliances for each patient’s distinct jaw structure and airway dynamics.

How Oral Appliances Work

Caused by airway collapse rather than strictly nasal issues, oral appliances are uniquely positioned to correct the problem at its source in the oral cavity. Custom-made from durable acrylic resin or thermoplastic, these non-invasive devices protrude the lower jaw to maintain the airway during slumber similar to continuous positive airway pressure machines. But while CPAP requires a full-face mask, oral appliances are far less confining.

Discovery Dental & Implants’ Fit Process

Multiple fine-tuned impressions capture precise jaw relationships transferred to a state-of-the-art digital model. Using advanced CAD/CAM technology, doctors interactively design personalized mouthpieces optimizing function and aesthetics. Precision fittings ensure 100% patient comfort and efficacy followed by check-ups evaluating effectiveness.

Long-Term Oral Appliance Care

Regular exams through Discovery uphold healthy jaws, teeth, and sleep quality for years. Patients learn proper cleaning procedures protecting expensive appliances as valuable long-term health investments. Replacement mouthguards may develop over time to accommodate aging needs. Oral appliances prove more cost-effective than CPAP too according to a Board-Certified dentist at Discovery Dental & Implants

Maximized Quality of Living

Discovery’s whole-body approach strongly believes oral health directly influences overall wellness. They take pride in restoring restorative sleep through non-invasive modalities limiting dependence on addictive pills. Patients feel rejuvenated participating in meaningful daily activities thanks to Discovery’s full-scope customized care.

If persistent snoring or daytime fatigue troubles you or a loved one, the caring pros at Discovery Dental & Implants encourage complimentary consultations providing peace of mind through proven therapy. Your quality of life deserves addressing sleep health properly from the source – the oral cavity.

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