Dental Solutions for Sleep Apnea
At Hawkins Family Dental we’ve had many patients come to us seeking a dental solution for sleep apnea. As experts in specialized oral care treatments, we offer our services and resources to acquire sleep apnea appliances for patients needing to resolve this common issue.
There are more than 80 different oral devices on the market for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. The great preponderance of them are varieties of “mandibular repositioning dental appliances,” which are devices that move the lower jaw forward. The remainder devices to help with sleep apnea are “tongue retaining appliances.” Both serve to reduce the likelihood of the sleeper’s tongue falling backward far enough to block the airway.
Oral appliances are most effective in the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea although they do provide a treatment alternative for patients with severe OSA who cannot or will not tolerate positive airway pressure therapy. Despite their double-retainer-like appearance, oral appliances are said to be comfortable to use. Sometimes for more complicated sleep apnea an oral appliance and CPAP are used in combination.
If you’d like to inquire with Hawkins Family Dental regarding sleep apnea appliances, contact us to set-up an appointment with one of our dentists. We handle many different cases of specialized dentistry, and we are confident we can help you!