Oral Appliance Therapy
At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we recommend oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea and loud snoring. It involves placing a removable apparatus in your mouth before going to sleep. The device resembles a night mouthguard or a splint.
What Does Oral Appliance Therapy Involve
An oral appliance prevents your airway from sagging down by either repositioning your jaw or holding your tongue. Some types of oral appliances, like night mouthguards, are available in pharmacies. However, they come in one-size-fits-all, and their use is strongly discouraged to treat sleep apnea. To have a successful therapy, your oral appliance needs to be custom-fitted to your mouth.
This treatment is less intrusive than sleeping with a CPAP device, so many patients prefer it.
At Kevin Kay DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kevin Kay is trained in dental sleep medicine and can fit you with an oral appliance once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. This therapy is effective for people with mild to moderate forms of sleep apnea.
Types of Oral Appliance Therapy
There are several different types of oral appliances that can be used to treat snoring and sleep apnea. The two most common ones are described here:
Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliances are quite effective in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea and hence offer multiple benefits:
Potential Side Effects of Oral Appliance Therapy
You may experience some minor side effects and complications due to oral appliance therapy. These include:
These issues can be identified by Dr. Kevin Kay and can be managed accordingly.
Since there are a few different types of oral appliances, it may take some experimenting to find the one that best fits you and is effective in treating your symptoms. It is also important that you schedule regular checkup appointments with us so that we can monitor you for any issues and adjust your oral appliance as needed. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (425) 738-8476 today.