Is oral appliance safe for sleep apnea?
Why should I get my sleep apnea treated?
How are oral appliances designed?
What are the care instructions for sleep apnea appliance?
What are the types of oral appliances for sleep apnea?
How to treat sleep apnea?
- For mild to moderate cases - behavioral modification along with oral appliance might be a primary treatment. The oral appliance will be used to position the lower jaw so that there is no throat blockage (air-tract).
- The behavioral change will involve advising the patient to lose weight, avoid smoking, and optimize the sleeping position.
- In severe cases - continuous positive airway pressure (cpap) therapy will be advised.
- In extreme cases – the surgery might be recommended.
How do oral appliances treat sleep apnea?
What are the instructions to be followed after receiving the device (post-operative instructions)?
- During the initial ten days, you might notice an increase in salivation.
- In the first week, you might experience tightness or discomfort in your jaw in the mornings. This is temporary and should reduce after a few minutes. However, if you notice that pain is severe or persistent, please call our office immediately.
- During the initial stages, you might notice some awkwardness or discomfort while closing your teeth to your usual position. This is usually self-correcting in a few minutes. However, if you see a drastic change in your bite or jaw position, please call our office immediately.
- Please follow all the care instructions for the device provided by our dental team.
- You must keep up with all your follow-up visits to ensure good health and effectiveness of the device. Dr. Adatrow and our dental team will provide you with all the instructions and inform you about follow-up visit dates.
- Make sure you store your anti-snoring device away from the reach of children or pets.