Here at Jean Woods, DDS, PA - Community Smiles we offer oral appliance therapy to manage sleep apnea and help you get the rest you need. Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is an alternative to CPAP machines and allows you to breathe easily without the need for a mask over your face. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jean Woods and learn more about oral appliance therapy in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, call us today at 919-942-6313.
The two most common treatments for sleep apnea are CPAP machines and oral appliances. A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine sits beside your bed and blows air through an attachable mask to keep your airways open and help you breathe while asleep. Unfortunately, many people cannot tolerate this form of treatment due to:
- Poor seals around the mask
- Drying eyes or nose
- An inability to move during sleep
- An unattractive feeling while wearing the mask
- And other factors
If this is the case for you, oral appliance therapy may be recommended as an alternative solution. Oral appliance therapy is often the first choice of treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea and is also a great alternative for CPAP when you are traveling.
Oral appliances are designed to fit your mouth comfortably and are an excellent option for mild to moderate sleep breathing disorders. Your appliance works by advancing the lower jaw slightly forward, which tightens the soft tissues and muscles of the upper airway to prevent them from vibrating and becoming an obstruction to your airway while you sleep. Oral appliances also help the tissues at the back of your throat relax and prevent your tongue from rolling back. All of this allows you to breathe easily so that you can enjoy a safe, soundless sleep and get the rest you need.
You may be a candidate for oral appliance therapy if:
- You snore
- You have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea
- You cannot tolerate a CPAP machine
- You suffer from the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea
We invite you to contact us today for more information about oral appliance therapy and to schedule a consultation with our dentist.