How An Oral Appliance Can Correct Your Dental Problems
There is a new method of treatment sweeping across the dental field that you may not even know exists. It doesn’t require any preparation of the tooth or lengthy dental procedures. Our Clearwater FL dental office uses a custom oral appliance for patients who have issues with sleep apnea or issues with their temporomandibular joint.
These oral appliances are one of the newest thing in dentistry. After taking a simple impression of the teeth, we can fashion a comfortable appliance (also known as a night guard) that does not interrupt sleep. Today I want to discuss the challenges with sleep apnea and TMJ and provide you with more information about oral appliances can help you
Resolve Your Clenching and Grinding
Clenching and grinding is a common symptom of temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Many patients who clenching or grind their teeth at night wake up in the morning with headaches, neck pain, clicking of the jaw, locking of the jaw, numbness in the face and facial swelling. Many patients who clench or grind their teeth experience pain while chewing their food. Additionally, grinding or clenching can literally wear down the teeth, putting you at risk of fractures. These problems can be overwhelming and take a toll on your mental wellness.
At Clearwater Dental Associates, we regularly work with patients who experience jaw pains. Before visiting our office, some of these patients had resorted to popping pain medication every day to mask their headaches. Or they simply dealt with the clicking and popping sounds in the jaws. Our mouthguards can subdue this TMD issues once and for all. We have more than one mouthguard available depending on your dental needs.
Put the End to Your Snoring or Sleep Apnea Problems
Sleep apnea is a problem that can affect patients of all ages, though men older than 40 are at a higher risk. There are two forms of sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is problem that occurs when soft tissue obstructs the airway during sleep. Patients with severe sleep apnea can wake up as many as 30 times an hour. What’s scary about sleep apnea is that it has both short-term and long-term health effects.
Patients can stop breathing in their sleep, and the stress from the constant pauses in breathing can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and high blood pressure. Sleep apnea affects about 18 million Americans. For years, the most common way to treat sleep apnea was with a CPAP. The CPAP is a machine that uses air pressure to keep the airways open during sleep. A lot of dentists call the CPAP the gold standard of sleep apnea treatment. It certainly is, but some patients find the CPAP cumbersome or hard to wear. Even worse, there is about a 50 percent of compliance rate of the CPAP machine. That is not a great compliance rate. That is why we over the oral appliance to treat sleep apnea. The oral appliance fits perfectly over the bottom teeth and moves the lower jaw forward. With the lower jaw forward, the airways are open while you sleep.
I am expected about oral appliances because they fit perfectly in with your lifestyle. They are comfortable, and you’ll notice changes almost immediately.
If you have any of the sleep apnea or TMD symptoms mentioned above, it’s time to do something about your problems. Call our office today at 727-373-6628 or fill out the online form to book a visit.