Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is a treatment offered to patients with severe snoring and obstruction sleep disorders like sleep apnea. The treatment offered by HomeTown Dental at Alliance has proven helpful in eliminating snoring complications while allowing patients to return to restful sleep. The treatment has been beneficial in improving the quality of sleep along with elimination of complications like insomnia or hypersomnia. Oral appliances are made after specifically studying each of our patient’s exact measurements to create the perfect fitting device. The appliance is then made and is worn only when sleeping. The oral appliance supports the jaw while maintaining an open upper air pathway for steady breathing.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy has shown positive results for patients with excessive snoring complications or sleeping disorders. Hundreds of our patients opted for oral appliance therapy because its comfortable and the appliance is easy to wear. The appliance itself is also easy to maintain. If that were not enough, the treatment is also non-invasive in nature and cost effective.
Possible Side Effects
Oral appliance therapy can cause several side-effects. However, these minor side-effects are short-lived and can be treated easily. Some of the most common side-effects include tooth and jaw discomfort and irritation, excessive release of salivation, dry mouth especially after waking up from sleep, and temporary bite changes along with other possible side effects. Apart from minor discomfort, few patients have also complained of potential complications including TMJ symptoms, extreme jaw pain and permanent changes in bite patterns. The complications can be treated by one of our well trained dental specialists with the assistance of medication. The medications we might prescribe will be based on the severity of the side-effects and on any complications faced by our patients.
How Much Does It Cost For Treating Sleep Apnea?
Based upon research from the American Sleep Association, oral appliance treatment has proven effective in treating sleep apnea. For treating sleep apnea, mouthguards are provided, but their cost varies according to the type chosen. The cost of the entire treatment depends on the number of office visits required and if there are any complicating factors such as readjustments or other oral health conditions that need to be treated concurrently. The cost also includes the modifications and adjustments made after fitting the device.
What Type Of Oral Appliances Can I Opt For?
Our team of professional oral specialists suggest an oral appliance based on the complications faced by the patient and the severity of the conditions. After monitoring the condition of the patient, an oral appliance will be recommended only if that is the best treatment option. Most of the oral appliance devices offered presently fall under two categories - mandibular repositioning devices and tongue retaining devices. Mandibular repositioning devices reposition the lower jaw in the forward direction while keeping the airway open during sleeping, while the latter holds the tongue in place thereby allowing breathing space.
To know more about oral appliance treatment and its benefits, reach out to us now. For more information, call HomeTown Dental at Alliance at 682-204-5777 today.
HomeTown Dental at Alliance
8901 Tehama Ridge Pkwy, Suite 119
Fort Worth, Texas 76177-2031
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