SEVEN HILLS DENTAL
Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry
Did you know that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most widespread type of sleep apnea? It happens when the tongue and lower jaw take a little nap of their own, collapsing and disrupting the smooth flow of air while we snooze. OSA sufferers might even wake up hundreds of times each night! Although anyone can be affected, certain factors boost the chances of encountering this sleep-stealing villain:
Oral Sleep Appliance Process
We'll discuss your sleep apnea and sleep issues. Evaluate the status of your teeth and discuss next steps.
We'll examine a recent sleep study (ideally less than 1 year old)
If you need a sleep study:
Our Office will communicate with your doctor to collect all the information needed to make your process smooth.
Once we receive the results of your sleep study, we will collect your medical insurance information and handle all the verification of your medical benefits on your behalf.
We will do a 3D scan of your teeth (no goopy impressions needed) and send it off to the lab to get your custom oral sleep appliance created.
You will come in for a final fitting and take your oral sleep appliance home with you. HAPPY SLEEPING!
What Is an Oral Sleep Appliance?
An oral sleep appliance is a custom-made device that fits like a retainer in the mouth. It works by gently repositioning your lower jaw forward to open up your airway and prevent it from collapsing during sleep. This helps ensure that you get sufficient oxygen during the night and can rest peacefully without interruption.
Oral appliances are easy to wear and comfortable to use. They're small enough to fit inside your pocket or purse when not in use, so they're perfect for travelers who need their device on-the-go! Additionally, they don't make any noise while you sleep, so no one else in your bed will be disturbed by them either.
Yes, oral sleep appliances are designed to be comfortable to wear. They are custom-fitted to your mouth and made from materials that are safe and non-toxic.
Yes, oral sleep appliances are effective in treating sleep apnea and snoring. They are often used as an alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
Oral sleep appliances can last for several years with proper care and maintenance.
Yes, oral sleep appliances are portable and easy to travel with. They come with a small case for storage and transport.
Some people may experience minor side effects such as dry mouth, excess salivation, or jaw discomfort. These side effects usually go away after a few days of use.