Sleep apnea is a serious health condition and should be treated like one. Deafening snoring, wheezing, and waking up throughout the night aren’t just annoying—they’re dangerous. But if you’re currently living with sleep apnea, don’t lose hope. Our Desert Sleep Solutions patients can benefit from easy, non-invasive oral appliance therapy. That’s right—no noisy machines, painful surgeries, or expensive medication. Our Tucson dentist can provide you with a custom-fitted oral device right here in our office!
Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment route that helps combat the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Your customized oral device will fit in your mouth just like an orthodontic retainer or a sports mouthguard. It holds the lower jaw in a forward position, which prevents the palate from collapsing against the back of the throat.
This effectively keeps the airway open and prevents interrupted breathing episodes.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an attractive treatment option for many patients suffering from sleep apnea. Adjusting to other sleep apnea therapies like CPAP and surgery can be difficult and uncomfortable. Oral appliance therapy, on the other hand, is minimal and can easily fit into any lifestyle.
Patients choose oral appliance therapy because it’s:
- Easy to wear
- Easy to care for
A CPAP Alternative
Oral appliance therapy gives patients who are intolerant to CPAP another option. Our oral sleep appliances are top-of-the-line options for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea who do not want to wear a bulky mask while they sleep. Oral appliances are discreet, portable, and comfortable in comparison to CPAP machines. This increases the chances of treatment success.
Our Sleep Apnea Treatment Process
At Desert Sleep Solutions, we offer home sleep tests for all of our sleep apnea patients. That means that you don’t have to go to a sleep clinic for an overnight study, which can be a real inconvenience for busy people. From the comfort of your own bed, you will be able to track your sleeping patterns, which will help us gauge the severity of your condition.
Once we’ve determined that oral appliance therapy is right for you, we can prescribe an oral sleep appliance. Dr. Barney is a highly qualified dental sleep practitioner and can steer you in the right direction no matter which treatment you need.