Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea
Dental device for sleep apnea, this is also effective to cure sleep apnea. It reduces the symptoms of the sleep disorder and allows the sufferers to get the better sleep. There are several oral appliances for this problem as well. The most popular one is CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. Beside it, there also Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) and tongue retaining device.
How it works and the Advantages of this Therapy
The works of oral appliances is pretty simple. It works by repositioning the tongue, the lower jaw, uvula and soft palate. It is also stabilizing the tongue and the lower jaw. Beside it, oral appliances increase the muscle of the tongue as well.
Oral appliances are useful to bring you back to the right behavior. It is also easy to wear and comfortable enough. But as a therapy, you need a long time to notice the changes. It will take a couple of week to get the benefits. These devices are also small and convenient. It makes oral appliances easy to take, even when travelling. But the best thing about this therapy is about the safety. Dental device is non-invasive. It is also reversible.
The Types of Oral Appliances
Many oral appliances are available in the market. Getting the right one can be so frustrating. But it can be classified based on the design variation and the action mode. And overall, it classified into 2 types, tongue and mandibular repositioning appliances. Tongue retaining appliances work by holding the tongue in the forward position. To make it, these appliances using a suction bulb. It keeps the back of the tongue in a forward position. As the result, it keeps the tongue from collapsing, specifically during the sleep.
Mandibular repositioning appliances work by repositioning and maintaining the lower jaw. During the sleep, it keeps the lower jaw in the protruded position. It also opens the airway by pulling the tongue forward and stimulating the tongue activity. To prevent the mouth from opening, this device will hold the lower jaw in the stable position.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and the Other Oral Appliances
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is one of the most popular sleep apnea treatments. This is useful to ease snoring good to improve the sleep quality, lowering the blood pressure as well as relieving daytime sleepiness. It works by flowing the air to the throat during the sleep. It will be made continuously to keep the airway to stay opened.
The other example of oral appliances are Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) and tongue retaining device. MAD has the similar look with a mouth guard on the sports. It works by keeping the upper and the lower dental parts to stay closed. Sometimes, this device also featured by Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP). With it, people can adjust the degree.
Tongue retaining device is less common than MAD. The work is pretty similar with MAD. It holds the tongue and keep the airway open. But however, MAD and tongue retaining device are only good for moderate sleep apnea. For this case, you can treat this sleep disorder only with dental device for sleep apnea.