Life with an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea
Like the CPAP, oral appliance therapy (OAT) for sleep apnea is not a cure. The dental device must be worn every night for it to be effective. Your progress must to be monitored over time to ensure that the appliance continues to do its job in providing relief and to ensure that you remain symptom free.
Your dental team will follow and guide your progress throughout the treatment. You will be seen in the office several times to ensure acceptance, comfort and effectiveness of the therapy. Instructions will be given on proper adjustment of the appliance and any areas of discomfort will be addressed. The objective will be to resolve the snoring and daytime tiredness through gently and gradually repositioning the lower jaw. Your personal feedback and several simple in-home dental sleep studies will also provide guidance. Once active therapy is completed you will be re-evaluated on a six month or one year basis depending on your individual case.
- Keep appliance in a safe place where a dog cannot mistake it for a chew toy.
- The appliance can become distorted if left in extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.
- Two times each week, the appliance should be soaked for 15 minutes in an ultrasonic cleaning container designed for orthodontic appliances, using the cleanser tablets.
- Examine your appliance frequently and call the office if you observe any broken areas.
- If you are unable to close your teeth completely in the morning immediately after removing the appliance, know that this is normal and due to a temporary jaw joint change.
- After 20 minutes, jaw exercises are helpful to re-establish joint position and good tooth contact.
- It is critical to keep up with prescribed evaluation visits, allowing your dentist to monitor any possible changes in your bite.
“I feel great! I can travel again without my cumbersome CPAP and the oral appliance fits in my pocket I’m not overstating when I say ‘the oral appliance has changed my life’. I absolutely recommend this treatment”
– Don, oral appliance user and CPAP intolerant patient
“The oral appliance has helped me sleep better and I’m so grateful for the care the dental office has given me. My energy level has doubled.”
– CJ, oral appliance user and CPAP intolerant patient
Your dental office can provide you with the support you need to get the most out of your sleep apnea treatment. If you need more information on sleep apnea or OAT, please visit snoringisntsexy.com