If your Fort Lauderdale doctor has recommended sleep apnea appliances as a therapy to correct sleep disorders you may be experiencing, Dr. Stephen J. Pyle, Fort Lauderdale’s leading expert on dental appliance therapy is happy to provide a quick rundown on how they work, what the advantages are and what your next steps should be.
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea you already know that the cause of your seemingly unstoppable snoring and feeling of fatigue is the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapsing cutting off the oxygen supply from the airway to the brain.
Here’s Where a Dental Appliance Can Significantly Improve the Quality of Your Life
A dental appliance most closely resembles a mouth guard that you may have used when playing sports or an orthodontics guard you might have used if you needed braces as a kid. The purpose of the appliance is to slightly adjust the angle of your jaw so that the soft tissue in the back of your throat can’t collapse thereby eliminating the cause of the obstruction.
The appliance itself is custom designed based on a digital x-ray or a physical mold. Dr. Pyle carefully adjusts the appliance to ensure both comfort and the desired results are achieved. Once the appliance is ready, all you have to do is install it like a mouth guard when you go to sleep and say goodbye to your spouse throwing an elbow into your side and you strangling (snoring) to get oxygen to your brain. Say hello to waking up from a restful sleep and feeling full of energy.
Why a Dental Appliance Makes Sense Over the Alternative Therapy
For decades people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea had been treated with a forced air system known as CPAP. Here’s why most patients now demand a dental appliance:
- Appliances are natural and comfortable to use. Just slip it in your mouth and go to sleep.CPAP systems require wearing a mask connected to a hose.
- Appliances are quiet. CPAP systems need an electric motor to pump air into the mask.
- Appliances are travel-friendly; no special requirements needed. CPAP requires an electrical connection and space for the pump and hose.
- Appliances are simple to keep clean and hygienic, minimizing the risk of infection.
If you have questions about sleep apnea dental appliances please feel free to call our offices for answers. We have the most comprehensive dental appliance services in the Fort Lauderdale area. Call us today!