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A good night’s sleep is linked to higher levels of happiness and health. Unfortunately, not everyone can get the sleep they deserve. Problems like sleep apnea, snoring, bruxism and TMJ syndrome can all disrupt your sleep while negatively impacting oral health.
At Chappaqua Dentistry, we help people treat these conditions through oral appliance therapy. Here’s a closer look at what oral appliance therapy is, how it works and the unique benefits it brings to patients.
In oral appliance therapy, the patient puts a custom-fitted appliance (similar to a retainer or mouth guard) in their mouth while they sleep. This device then supports the jaw or tongue in a way that prevents the airway from collapsing. By maintaining this position, it can reduce snoring, prevent teeth grinding and encourage a deeper sleep.
Before beginning oral appliance therapy, the Chappaqua Dentistry team will ask you questions and determine whether you’re a good candidate. Then, we’ll create a comfortable, well-fitting appliance that meets the exact proportions of your mouth.
Here are a few of the problems that oral appliance therapy can address.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a patient’s breathing is interrupted, consequently disrupting their sleep. While there are different variations, the most common one is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the tongue and throat muscles become so relaxed during sleep that the upper airway ends up blocked. When left unaddressed, sleep apnea can lead to the following problems:
If you struggle with sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy can help. First, the Chappaqua Dentistry team will make an impression of your teeth. Then, we’ll create a custom appliance that will stop your tongue from blocking your throat. Alternatively, the device may push your lower jaw forward, which also clears the airway.
It’s normal to grind your teeth when you’re anxious, stressed or frustrated. However, teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can become a problem when it’s excessive. While you may be able to control it during the day, many people grind their teeth unconsciously while they sleep. Over time, this can lead to issues like tooth sensitivity, damage and jaw pain.
It’s possible to grind your teeth at night and not even realize it. Thus, it’s important to look out for the following symptoms:
If you believe you’re suffering from bruxism, it’s important to seek customized treatment — over the counter mouth guards and devices aren’t designed to fit the unique contours of your mouth, which means they won’t effectively stop grinding. At Chappaqua Dentistry, we can craft an individualized oral appliance that will evenly spread bite force and prevent damage.
The jawbone is connected to the skull through the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). When this joint is in pain (known as TMJ dysfunction), it can be difficult to talk, chew or even smile. There are no shortage of causes for TMJ dysfunction — it can arise due to anything from an injury and stress to bruxism and poor posture. To diagnose this condition, look out for the following symptoms:
Oral appliance therapy can help reduce the pain of TMJ dysfunction by lowering the pressure exerted on the jaw. Not only does this help relieve pain, but it also prevents grinding and clenching while making it easier to chew and open the mouth.
There are a variety of treatments available for problems like sleep apnea, bruxism and TMJ dysfunction. However, many patients prefer oral appliance therapy due to its unique benefits, which include:
It’s worth noting that oral appliance therapy can take some time to get used to. In the beginning, you may experience dry mouth, excess saliva or tooth sensitivity. You can minimize discomfort by getting a high-quality, well-fitting oral appliance from professionals like the Chappaqua Dentistry team.
Do you have an oral health problem that’s inhibiting your sleep? Whether you’re struggling with sleep apnea or unintentionally grinding your teeth at night, the Chappaqua Dentistry team is here to help.
After asking questions and evaluating your teeth and mouth, we’ll devise a personalized treatment plan. If you’re a candidate for oral appliance therapy, you can trust our team to create a comfortable, custom device for your needs. Learn more about this unique treatment option by scheduling an appointment with our team today!