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Sleep Apnea Dental Appliance in Shawnee, KS

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing is interrupted during sleep, causing it to stop and start. This leads to poor sleep, which can affect an individual’s performance in daily activities. Dental Care Shawnee is happy to provide treatment for this condition at our dental office near you in Shawnee, KS.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

We do not diagnose sleep conditions at our dental office in Shawnee, KS. You will need to visit a sleep lab to undergo tests and have your sleep observed to receive a diagnosis. Once you have received one, you can speak with our dentist at Dental Care Shawnee to find the best oral appliance to treat your condition.

Mouth Devices for Sleep Apnea

There are several types of devices available to help treat sleep apnea.

  • Mandibular advancement device (MAD): This device is the most popular choice in sleep apnea dental appliances. It looks similar to a mouth guard that is used for sports activities but has hinges that ease the lower jaw forward. By doing so, the airway is kept open, resulting in better breathing and, therefore, better sleep.
  • Tongue retaining device: Like a MAD, this device is used to keep the airway open. It does this by holding the tongue in place.

Dental appliances need to be fitted by a dentist or orthodontist. They are custom-fitted to each patient and must be worn at night to provide the best results. They are most effective in patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea who sleep on their backs or stomachs. Another sleep apnea treatment is a CPAP machine, which can be very effective. However, it can also be very uncomfortable to use. Because dental devices are easier to use and more comfortable, patients are more likely to complete treatment with them and find relief from their sleep apnea symptoms.

After you have been fitted with a dental device for your sleep apnea in Shawnee, KS, it’s recommended that you have a check-up early on to give your dentist a chance to ensure that the device is performing as it should. If the device is causing pain or is affecting your bite, your dentist will be able to make adjustments to the device to correct the problem.

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