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Are you struggling with sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing? If so, you may be wondering about your treatment options. While many believe that a CPAP machine is the only solution, there is another non-surgical alternative that you may not be aware of. Dr. Giesy, a trusted Tacoma dentist and sleep and TMJ expert, is here to shed light on the effectiveness of dental appliances for sleep apnea.
What is a Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance?
Sleep apnea oral appliances, also known as dental sleep devices, offer a promising solution for those with sleep apnea. These devices are commonly referred to as Jaw Advancing Devices (JAD) or Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD). It’s important to note that these oral appliances are distinct from night guards, which are primarily used to protect teeth from clenching and grinding during sleep. Night guards don’t address the underlying cause of sleep apnea, which is a constricted airway.
How Do Dental Appliances Work for Sleep Apnea?
The primary goal of a dental appliance for sleep apnea is to keep the airway open while you sleep. By preventing the jaw and tongue from collapsing back during sleep, these appliances reduce airway obstruction, effectively treating sleep apnea and snoring. Notably, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine approves the use of oral appliance therapy for treating obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Most patients find these appliances comfortable and adjust to wearing them during sleep, much like a custom-fitted mouthguard. Recent advancements in oral appliance development, including the use of 3D printing, have significantly improved the fit, longevity, and overall comfort for patients.
“The sleep appliance is easy to wear and has not affected my sleep at all. I feel rested. I feel awake. I’m no longer dozing at traffic lights. I’m very grateful to tell anybody I have something that works, and it’s easy to use.” — Steve, Actual Sleep Apnea Patient
What are the Benefits of Dental Appliances?
While no single therapy is universally effective, dental appliances have proven to be a successful solution for many patients. Here are some of the benefits associated with using a dental appliance instead of a CPAP machine for sleep apnea:
- Sleep comfortably in any sleeping position
- Compact and travel-friendly
- Noise-free operation
- No need for electricity
Find a Sleep Apnea Specialist in Tacoma
Treating sleep apnea not only improves your sleep and quality of life, but it also contributes to a longer and healthier life overall. Dr. Giesy offers comprehensive evaluations for diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. With state-of-the-art techniques and equipment, he creates custom sleep apnea appliances to ensure the best fit and position for your rehabilitation.
Visit the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Washington to meet Dr. Giesy, your trusted sleep apnea expert in the Tacoma and Puget Sound area. Request an appointment today and take the first step towards waking up rested and refreshed.