Oral Appliance Therapy
Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
Sleep problems are all too common. They can range from mildly annoying to quite serious. While your first thought when it comes to a sleep issue might not be to come to our office, it is not a bad idea. Sleep issues often arise because of the way that you breathe while you sleep, and that can be directly related to your mouth. We here at Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates will work with your doctor to get to the source of your sleep issue, and then to find the best way to treat it. One treatment that we might try that has a high success rate is known as oral appliance therapy.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
There are a couple of different things that we could suggest oral appliance therapy. Here are the basics for you.
Oral appliance therapy is when we will suggest that you wear a mouthguard when you sleep. The mouthguard is meant to hold your mouth the proper way during your sleep, which will help you to breathe better. This will help you to sleep.
One thing to keep in mind, you cannot go to your local sporting goods store and purchase a mouthguard and try oral appliance therapy on your own. First, we want to know what we are dealing with. You might not even be a candidate for oral appliance therapy. Second, we will want to have the oral appliance or mouthguard custom made so that it will fit your mouth. That will be the only way that the mouthguard will be able to correct the problem. A mouthguard that you purchase on your own will not have the right fit and will be useless.
One of the most common things that we will use oral appliance therapy is sleep apnea. This is when a person will stop breathing for a moment while they sleep. With oral appliance therapy, we will make a mouthguard for you that will help to open your airway better while you sleep. For many patients, that is enough to be able to sleep through the night without any episodes.
Another thing that we will sometimes use oral appliance therapy is snoring. While snoring can be just an annoyance for some, it can also be a sign that you are not breathing correctly while you sleep. Just like with sleep apnea, the oral appliance will help you to breathe better while you sleep, and could put an end to your snoring.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is something that many people do not know that they do at night. Over time, it will wear down your teeth and could lead to jaw and other problems. Oral appliance therapy can help you to hold your mouth closed and still, and could help to put an end to your teeth grinding.
These are just a few of the things that we might suggest oral appliance therapy. If you would like to learn more, contact us by calling (336) 331-5271. Here at Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates, we want to make sure that you have good oral health both during the day and also at night.