Oral appliances, also known as dental appliances, are custom-made devices designed to address various dental and sleep-related issues. These innovative devices provide effective and non-invasive solutions to improve oral health, alleviate sleep disorders, and enhance overall well-being.
Oral appliances are versatile and valuable tools in modern dentistry and sleep medicine. From protecting teeth from bruxism and promoting proper oral alignment to improving sleep quality and treating snoring and sleep apnea, these devices offer a range of benefits that enhance oral health and overall well-being. At Moyneur & Perisho Family Dentistry, the oral appliances we provide are made from durable and biocompatible materials, customized to suit individual patient needs. To achieve therapeutic effects, oral appliances gently reposition the jaw, tongue, or soft tissues.
Common Uses of Oral Appliances
- Sleep Apnea Treatment
There are oral appliances that are widely used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, where the airway is partially or completely blocked during sleep. These appliances, known as mandibular advancement devices (MADs), reposition the lower jaw slightly to keep the airway open, allowing unrestricted breathing during sleep. MADs are an effective alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, offering comfort and convenience for patients with mild to moderate OSA.
- Snoring Reduction
Oral appliances can also address chronic snoring, a common condition that disrupts sleep patterns and affects the snorer's and partner's sleep quality. Snore guards or tongue-retaining devices gently reposition the jaw or tongue to prevent airway obstruction and reduce snoring.
- Teeth Grinding and Clenching
Bruxism, the unconscious grinding or clenching of teeth, can lead to tooth wear, jaw pain, and headaches. Custom-made night guards or bite splints provide a cushioning barrier between the upper and lower teeth, protecting them from the harmful effects of bruxism.
The Benefits of Oral Appliances
- Non-Invasive Treatment
Oral appliances provide non-surgical and non-invasive treatment options for dental and sleep-related conditions. They are particularly beneficial for patients who prefer conservative approaches or may not be suitable candidates for more invasive treatments.
- Improved Sleep Quality
Oral appliances significantly improve sleep quality for individuals with sleep disorders such as snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnea. Promoting proper airflow and reducing airway obstructions, these devices help individuals breathe easier during sleep, leading to more restful and refreshing rest.
- Dental Protection
Dental splints and night guards protect teeth from the damaging effects of bruxism. They create a protective barrier that absorbs grinding forces, reducing the risk of tooth wear, fractures, and dental sensitivity.
- Enhanced Comfort
Oral appliances are custom-made to fit each patient's mouth comfortably. They are designed to be user-friendly and easy to wear, ensuring a comfortable experience during sleep or while addressing dental issues.
Oral appliances are tailored to individual patient needs, offering a personalized and comfortable treatment experience. If you are experiencing dental issues, sleep disturbances, or snoring problems, contact Moyneur & Perisho Family Dentistry at 7210 Greenhaven Dr Ste D, Sacramento, CA 95831, or call (916) 421-4686.