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The Facts About Oral Appliance Therapy

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Oral Appliance Therapy is a treatment option for those who suffer from sleep issues, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). There are several different types of oral appliances that can be used to ease the effects of snoring and OSA, and each appliance is unique. It can be a great way to solve the problems associated with snoring and OSA.

What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
An oral appliance bears a familiar resemblance to a mouth guard, though they are much more than just that. Custom-fitted to meet your specific needs, these appliances are worn only at night, specifically to help the user breathe. They work by supporting your jaw as you rest and relax, which opens your airways and allows you to breathe.

Is Oral Appliance Therapy for Me?
Oral appliance therapy is only available with a prescription, so the first step is to speak with your dentist to discuss your symptoms, as well as possible treatment options. Dentists work together with specialists to treat conditions like OSA, and during your visit, your dentist may take an examination of your throat and mouth, and an X-ray to check your airways.

If your dentist decides you may benefit from oral appliance therapy, you will be referred to a specialist like Refresh Dental. At your consultation, we will go over the different available oral appliances and treatment options. An impression or digital image of your teeth will be taken, and your oral appliance will be custom made and fitted.

What Are the Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy?
Other OSA treatments can be bulky, loud, and uncomfortable. Oral appliances, on the other hand, can be comfortable, easy to use, and quiet. On top of their versatility and usability, oral appliances effectively treat snoring and OSA, which can improve your overall health and well being by improving your sleep.

If you have questions about obstructive sleep apnea, sleep problems, or oral appliance therapy, feel free to call our Bentonville, Arkansas, office at 479-339-0081 to speak with an expert today!