Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can cause disruptions in your breathing while you sleep. For many of those who suffer with sleep apnea the recommended treatment is CPAP. However, due to the noise, discomfort from the mask and other problems, CPAP has a high non compliance rate. If you’ve tried CPAP and it hasn’t worked for you, Dr. Klein at Alpine Dental can custom make an oral appliance that can help you sleep safer and better.
What Type of Oral Appliance Is Best For You?
There are many different causes for obstructive sleep apnea. Whether its a muscle issue such as your tongue obstructing your airway or a jaw alignment issue, an oral appliance might be able to help correct the problem, making it easier for you to breath while you sleep. Dr. Klein can discuss all your options, helping you find the perfect oral appliance for your lifestyle and needs. Oral appliances our North Barrington dentist can use to help alleviate sleep apnea symptoms include:
Mandibular Repositioning Device: MRDs are one of the most common oral appliances used to help treat obstructive sleep apnea. By moving the jaw and tongue forward and making the airway larger, this allows for better airflow. MRDs can also help prevent tissue collapse while you sleep to make sure you are able to breathe comfortably all night long.
Tongue Retaining Device: In some cases, your tongue can be causing an obstruction to your airway, making it hard to breath while you sleep. A Tongue Retaining Device can help hold the tongue forward preventing it from slipping back and blocking your airway. You’ll sleep worry-free knowing that you are breathing better.
Dorsal: This oral appliance is two pieces that allow for lateral jaw movement while still helping keep your airway open. Dr. Klein will adjust your dorsal to hold your jaw in the perfect position to help open your airway and keep you comfortable while you sleep. Dorsals can be adjusted over time to help keep an ideal fit as your jaw changes.
Contact Dr. Klein Today!
If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and CPAP isn’t for you, Dr. Klein can help find an oral appliance that will help you sleep better. Sleep apnea is serious and if left untreated can put you at risk for other health issues. Contact Alpine Dental today for an appointment and see how we can get your on the path to a better night’s sleep.