Obstructive sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder characterized by regular interruptions in your breathing as you sleep. You may also snore loudly with this condition. Did you know that dentists can help you with sleep apnea? Las Cruces Dental Solutions provides custom oral appliances to help treat obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
There are a couple of options to treat sleep apnea. We specialize in oral appliance therapy. It’s a custom device that fits in your mouth. It prevents the soft tissue of your oral cavity from collapsing and blocking your airway as you sleep. The device is removable and looks similar to a sports mouthguard.
How Does the Oral Appliance Work?
The oral appliance works by holding your jaw in a particular position. This position will keep your airways open and lets you sleep with an open airway. The device is small and easy to transport.
Some patients prefer oral appliance therapy compared to a traditional CPAP mask and machine because it doesn’t cause issues like skin irritation, dry nasal passages, or accidentally removing the mask while sleeping.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Las Cruces, NM
Las Cruces Dental Solutions offers custom oral appliances to help relieve the effects of sleep apnea. Your oral appliance will be custom-crafted for your unique mouth. We do this by creating an impression of your teeth on your first appointment. The impression gets sent to a lab to create your custom oral appliance.
When the device is ready, we’ll show you how to use it and make sure it fits comfortably.
You don’t necessarily need a sleep apnea diagnosis to get fitted for an oral appliance. However, if you are using insurance, your provider will want a sleep study before covering the costs. Please chat with our team so that we can help with your unique situation.
More Questions? We Have Answers!
If you’re interested in learning more about oral appliances to treat your sleep apnea, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We’ll help you determine what is the best course of action for you.