Sleep Apnea / Oral Appliances
Oral Appliance Therapy - A Convenient Solution for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition, which is usually caused by the obstruction of the air pathways, thus leading to repeated breathing pause throughout the night. The condition has serious side effects, which stems from the poor quality of sleep. Fortunately, there are treatment options for sleep apnea, with the most common medical solution being CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy, a breathing mask connected to a ventilator, which helps to keep your air pathways open when sleeping. However, for those people who cannot or do not want to wear a breathing mask when sleeping, alternative solutions are available, which is where we come in. At Portland City Dental, we offer oral appliance therapy, a dental solution to sleep apnea.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is a dental treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. It involves the use of removable oral appliances (worn in your mouth while sleeping) to keep your airways open. These dental appliances fit in your mouth cavity, just like other dental appliances such as retainers and mouthguards, thus allowing you to enjoy some form of comfort. For a perfect fit and increased comfort, these dental appliances can be custom made.
How Do Oral Appliances Help in Treating Sleep Apnea?
Oral appliances work by preventing your airways from collapsing as you are sleeping. This is achieved by:
Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy offers several benefits, including:
Shortcomings of Oral Appliance Therapy
While it does offer numerous benefits, oral appliance therapy also has some shortcomings, which can include:
Are you concerned that you have sleep apnea? We, at Portland City Dental, can help. Call us today at (503) 867-8124 to find out more about this sleeping disorder, and the solutions that we can offer you to manage it.