Simple solution to fight sleep apnea and snoring
There are numerous treatment solutions for snoring and sleep apnea, including CPAP therapy and surgery to reposition the lower jaw or remove soft tissues from the throat. However, many patients can find relief without the discomfort and noise of breathing machines or the invasiveness of surgery. At Smart Smile Dentistry in Gainesville, Florida, we offer another solution for mild or moderate sleep apnea in the form of oral appliance therapy.
Am I a candidate for an oral appliance therapy?
Not everyone is a good candidate for an oral appliance, but a consultation with our dentists in Gainesville office can determine if this type of therapy can help you obtain relief. Good candidates include those who have not seen an improvement in their condition after making lifestyle changes such as losing weight and giving up smoking and alcohol. Also, those who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy or are too weak to undergo surgery are encouraged to give a custom oral appliance a try.
Oral devices to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea cannot be sold over the counter in the United States
Although there are dozens of oral devices for sleep apnea on the market, most of them work in much the same way. Worn at night, they pull the lower jaw forward, which keeps the airway open and prevents the tongue from rolling back into the throat and blocking the air supply. Some devices use a suction bulb to pull the tongue forward. After a thorough examination of the structure of your mouth, we will create the perfect custom appliance to meet your needs for restful sleep and proper breathing.
Smart Smile Dentistry can help you determine which snoring or sleep apnea treatment solution is best for you. Contact our sleep apnea specialist, Dr. Samant DDS at Smart Smile Dentistry in our Gainesville location today at (352) 376-5120 to schedule your appointment.