Oral Appliance Therapy: Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ

Oral appliance therapy Monmouth Ocean County

The Non-Invasive Solution

Oral appliance therapy Monmouth Ocean CountyOral appliances are safe, non-invasive effective treatments for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. They are solely recommended to patients who have severe sleep apnea who have tried but cannot wear C-PAP. The Oral Appliance is a small plastic device that fits in the mouth during sleep like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep to promote adequate air flow. Oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with other treatments for sleep-related breathing disorders, such as weight management.

Candidates

Patients with primary snoring or mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) who do not respond to, or are not appropriate candidates for treatment with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep-position change.Patients with moderate to severe OSA should have tried, but were not able to wear C-PAP.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy involves the selection, fitting and use of a specially designed oral appliance that maintains an open, unobstructed airway in the throat when worn during sleep. Dentists with training in oral appliance therapy are familiar with the various designs of appliances and can help determine which is best suited for your specific needs. A dentist who is dedicated to Dental Sleep Medicine and Oral Appliance Therapy will work as a team with your physician to provide diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care. The initial evaluation phase of oral appliance therapy includes examination, evaluation to determine the most appropriate oral appliance, fitting, maximizing adaptation of the appliance, and the function. On-going care, including short- and long-term follow-up is an essential step in the treatment of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy. Follow-up care serves to assess the treatment progress of your sleep apnea, the condition of your appliance, your physical and medical response to your appliance, and to ensure that it is comfortable and effective.

Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy

•    Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear.
•    Oral appliances are small and convenient making them easy to carry when traveling.
•    Treatment with oral appliances is reversible and non-invasive.
•    Oral appliances do not make noise, interfering with partners sleep.


How Oral Appliances Work

•    Moving the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula slightly forward
•    Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue
•    Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue
•    Moving the muscles of the front part of the neck forward to open the airway
•    Repositioning the hyoid bone

Types of Oral Appliances

The type and selection of the oral appliance right for you should be chosen by a dentist who is dedicated to Dental Sleep medicine and Oral Appliance therapy. There are many appliances to choose from. Considerations must include affect on the TMJ (temporal mandibular joint), Cranio-facial muscles, nerves and tissues, the teeth, the bite, the anatomy of the soft palate and other intra-oral tissues, the nose and nasal tissues, the size of the tongue and the space available in the mouth, gag reflexes, medical co-morbidities among other anatomic and physiologic factors.Two major types of appliances are 1-appliances where the upper and lower component
ts are connected causing the upper and lower jaws to be fixed and not being able to open; 2-the piece that fits on the upper jaw and the piece on the lower jaw sit independent and do not connect. The patient is able to open and close while wearing the appliance. This type of appliance is much kinder to the jaw joint and easier to wear on a long-term basis.

Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADS)

Mandibular repositioning appliances reposition and maintain the lower jaw in a protruded position during sleep. The device serves to open the airway by indirectly pulling the tongue forward, stimulating activity of the muscles in the tongue and making it more rigid. The device also holds the lower jaw and other structures in a stable position to pull the airway open and prevent the throat from collapsing.


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Oral Appliance Therapy Monmouth County, NJ

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Oral Appliance Therapy Ocean County, NJ

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