A deep night sleep restores the body and mind. If you are suffering from bad sleep, snoring or day-time fatigue, you probably have serious health problems. Treating sleep apnea with a special oral device can help you feel like a new person. Sleep apnea devices are individually tailored for your mouth to ensure proper fit and supreme comfort. These lightweight tiny devices are considered a good alternative to CPAP machines for patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea diagnosis.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition when your breathing stops for periods longer than 10 seconds, interrupting your sleep and making you feel tired and stressed out in the morning. It happens when muscles of your throat relax, provoking the soft tissues to block airway. Your body reacts to these obstructions by interrupting your sleep (sometimes about hundreds times each night). Not all people who snore have sleep apnea, and not everyone who has sleep apnea snores. The main indicator is how you feel during the day. If you experience sleep apnea, then you will more likely suffer from extensive daytime sleepiness and fatigue. Among other indications of the problem can be:
- Morning headache
- Chocking and gasping during your sleep
- Awaking with a sore throat and dry mouth
To identify if you have any breathing problems at night, you can record yourself sleeping or ask somebody to track your snoring during the night. It is also possible to conduct a study testing for sleep apnea. During the test you will have to wear a special device to monitor your breathing at night. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause a growing number of health problems, such as:
- Depression and fatigue
- High blood pressure
- Permanent headache
- Acid reflux
- Heart attack
Statistically, sleep apnea is more typical for males, smokers and the elderly. Sleep apnea is more likely to develop if you are overweight, have large tonsils, a nasal obstruction and a family history of sleep apnea. The good news is that no surgical treatment is needed in most cases of snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy can help improve your sleep and revitalize your health. Here are different types of sleep apnea devices available in our dental office:
1. The Silencer®
The Silencer® is a well-known dental appliance invented in early 1990-s. This 2-components oral device is made of elastomeric materials and counts years of successful feedbacks from sleep apnea and snoring patients. The Silencer® gently puts the lower jaw forward to provide the needed space in the airway. Wearing The Silencer® allows slight jaw movements, thus making your sleep comfortable.
Why Choosing The Silencer®?
- Front-to-back and vertical adjustments are possible
- Helps prevent TMJ (Temporomandibular joint)
- Using patented titanium hinge (the Halstrom Hinge.™), which is the best option for patients suffering from metal allergy
- It is a custom-fitted device
2. Myerson EMA
Myerson EMA (Elastic Mandibular Appliance) is a set of colored straps of different lengths (9) and strengths (4). There are 36 straps to choose from. Patients usually start with soft straps, gradually moving to more hard. EMA sleep apnea device increases airway space by advancing the mandible with the help of elastic straps. In spite of high success rate of Myerson EMA, the device is contradicted for people that lost many teeth or dental work, have dentures, suffer from central apnea, severe respiratory disorder and are under 18 years old.
Why Choosing Myerson EMA?
- EMA sleep apnea device is made of thermoplastic polymer that provides a superior strength
- With proper care, the device can last a lifetime
- 36 straps help gently reposition your bite creating maximum comfort when sleeping
- It is latex free
- Easy to change by yourself
Aveo-TSD (Tongue Stabilizing Device) is an effective and non-invasive device. While traditional sleep apnea devices usually move your tongue forward by moving the mandibular, aveo-TSD suctions to the tongue, thus preventing it from falling back. The device is available in three sizes (small, medium and large) with 90% of patients wearing the medium size. Aveo-TSD is not for everyone: if your tongue cannot stick out far enough, the device won’t be effective for you.
Why Choosing Aveo-TSD?
- Helps prevent clenching and tooth grinding
- The device doesn’t requires impressions
- You can fit aveo-TSD by yourself
- Can be used by patients with no teeth left and TMJ problem
Living with Sleep Apnea Device
It usually takes some days to become used to new dental device. For best results of oral therapy, don’t miss your follow-up dental visits to ensure that your sleep apnea device is working properly, you have adequate physical response to your appliance and your oral health is getting better. Of course, always see your dentist sooner if you believe you are having a dental emergency. There are also some simple things that can enhance the effectiveness of your treatment: avoid smoking, alcohol, caffeine, having regular sleeping hours and sleeping on your side.