Are you or a loved one suffering from obstructive sleep apnea? Research shows that many people suffer from this sleeping disorder. Luckily, there are a few treatment options available to help you get the quality rest you need. One of these treatments, known as oral appliance therapy, can actually be provided at a dentist’s office!
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is a non-invasive treatment option for patients with obstructive sleep apnea and chronic snoring. OAT utilizes a custom-fitted oral appliance, similar to a mouthguard. It is designed to reposition the jaw and tongue slightly forward to prevent the muscles and soft tissues from collapsing in the back of the throat. The appliance will keep the airway open so that patients get relief from their sleep apnea and snoring.
Am I a Good Candidate for OAT?
OAT is often recommended for patients who are looking for an alternative to a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Many patients have difficulty sleeping comfortably with a CPAP mask on their face and the noise from the machine. If patients don’t mind their CPAP machine but it’s not enough because of the severity of their sleep apnea, OAT can also be used in conjunction with the CPAP machine. Before receiving an oral appliance for your sleep apnea, your dentist or sleep doctor will perform a thorough evaluation to ensure it’s the best route for your treatment. They will also touch base with you after you receive your oral appliance to make sure it’s functioning properly.
Oral Appliance Therapy in Fort Smith, AR
We offer oral appliance therapy at Southern Dental Fort Smith. Our team can help you get the quality sleep you need for your overall health and well-being! If you have any questions about oral appliance therapy, please feel free to contact our office to schedule a consultation.