Oral sleep appliances are a safe and highly effective treatment option for sleep apnea. Many patients wear the oral sleep appliance without complication.
There are a few common side effects associated with oral sleep appliances but are typically considered minor in comparison to the health effects of sleep apnea. Dr. Richard Van Gurp will discuss all complications and associated risks of treatment options with the patients to ensure you fully understand the pros and cons of your options.
Oral Sleep Appliance Side Effects Vs. Sleep Apnea
While the oral sleep devices are custom made, patients may take a while to adjust to wearing the device. Typical side effects include minor tooth discomfort, TMJ pain, or changes in the bite or tooth alignment. These side effects are minor compared to the ramifications of untreated sleep apnea.
The oral sleep appliance will allow patients to breathe normally throughout the night preventing the long list of health concerns associated with long-term oxygen deprivation. Left untreated, sleep apnea increases patients risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heart attack, and strokes.
The oral sleep appliance is made to reposition the lower jaw so that the airway is able to stay open during sleep. this reposition of the jaw may feel slightly uncomfortable at first. Most patients adjust after a few nights of use. If excessive pain or discomfort persists after beginning treatment, be sure to let Dr. Van Gurp know right away. There may be slight adjustments that can be made to increase your comfort.
Simple jaw exercises can reduce the risk of bite changes or discomfort. Dr. Van Gurp can offer personalized suggestions on how to reduce the side effects of the oral sleep appliance.
It is important to keep in mind that sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that can have serious implications on your health and quality of life. Oral sleep appliances are a minimally invasive and effective treatment option for preventing sleep apnea.
If you or a loved one has sleep apnea, contact Dr. Richard Van Gurp as soon as possible. Schedule a free sleep apnea screening today and start getting better sleep and a better quality of life!