When you’re struggling with sleep apnea, you want a solution that works. How do you know which one you should ask about at the doctor? At Carolina Sleep Solutions, we offer multiple types of dental sleep devices. Dr. Richard Van Gurp explains the various types of dental sleep devices that are available and how you can discover which one works for you.
How Do I Know if I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a very problematic condition. When you’re sleeping, the muscles in your upper airway collapse, causing your airway to be completely blocked. Your tongue also falls in the back of the throat, contributing to the blockage. This condition can be linked to various health problems and even premature death.
There are many symptoms of sleep apnea that you may not realize are due to this condition. For example, you may wake up with a headache frequently, or notice that you’re very tired, even when you got a full night of sleep. Your partner may say something about your snoring and you could wake up in the middle of the night, gasping for air. If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it’s time to get tested for sleep apnea.
Types of Dental Sleep Devices
At Carolina Sleep Solutions, we utilize two main types of dental sleep devices, for three forms of therapy. These include:
Mandibular Advancement Devices
This is the most common type of dental sleep device that’s used. They’re often similar to the shape and look of a mouthguard used for sports. Mandibular advancement devices are both customized and adjustable to ensure that you can get the most out of it with the fewest side effects possible.
These devices work by repositioning the jaw while you sleep. The lower jaw, tongue, and all of the other airway muscles are positioned more forward. Once you find the perfect placement for you, you shouldn’t wake up with any of those symptoms anymore!
Tongue Retaining Devices
These work by making sure the tongue is in a forward position, instead of the jaw. These tend to have fewer side effects than mandibular advancement devices, but patients may struggle to get comfortable with them. If you have a bad gag reflex, you probably won’t be able to use a device of this type.
CPAP and Dental Sleep Device Combination
Many people try to utilize oral device therapy to avoid having to deal with the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This is because the mask you need to wear with the CPAP can be uncomfortable and cause serious pressure on your face.
However, by using one of the types of dental sleep devices, you may be able to minimize the pressure of the CPAP. This gives you the benefits of both treatment options while eliminating the discomfort as much as possible.
Oral Device Therapy in Charlotte, NC
At Carolina Sleep Solutions, we’re dedicated to being able to give you a good night’s sleep again. Call us today or schedule an appointment online to get started!