What are Dental Mouth Guards?
While there are a wide variety of treatment methods available for sleep apnea, the team at Advanced Medical recommends patients use oral appliances or mouth guards. Not only are mouth guards the most effective, they are also the most versatile – offering relief to a the majority of different forms of obstructive sleep apnea.
Traditionally, mouth guards are known as customized coverings that are made to be worn over the teeth. These mouth guards are commonly used to protect the teeth from injury during sports, or to prevent grinding of teeth – a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. However, in addition to preventing nocturnal grinding of teeth, sleep apnea mouth guards are used to hold the tongue and other tissue of the mouth, in place so that they do not prevent proper breathing during the night. By doing this, we are able to ensure proper breathing, and normal airflow during the night.
Common Dental Mouth Guards
The EMA or Elastic Mandibular Advancement appliance is a device specifically approved for the treatment of both snoring and mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It is a versatile appliance that can fit a number of different needs for different patients, providing customized effective solutions no matter the situation.
Using its patented elastic straps, the EMA, provides lateral freedom and overall comfort. The straps are fit onto your teeth to bring the mandible forward into its desired position. This causes forward movement of the tongue, opening up wider airways and alleviating symptoms of sleep apnea. The straps work by giving patients a wider bite and therefore an increased airway space. With an increased airway, patients receive more oxygen and there is less resistance to their breathing while sleeping. This will reduce your snoring, and limit the symptoms of sleep apnea.
In order to fully gauge the EMA’s effectiveness on an individual patient, a sleep study must be ordered while wearing the EMA. The wider airways created by the EMA, should be able to limit patient’s snoring and symptoms of sleep apnea.
Once the sleep study proves the EMA’s effectiveness for an individual patient, a custom-fabricated final appliance will be ordered. With proper care and use, the EMA can help patients alleviate symptoms of sleep apnea for many years to come!
Another common type of sleep apnea mouth guard is the MicrO2 Sleep and Snore device. This device is an oral anti-snoring mouthpiece, manufactured by ProSomnus Sleep Technologies. The MicrO2 device is made from a strong, control-cured PMMA Polymer and is FDA approved as a Sleep Apnea device.
The MicrO2 Intraoral appliance works by moving the lower jaw or mandible, forward, in order to increase the diameter of the retropharyngeal airway behind the tongue. In other words, by gently advancing the mandible forward, the MicrO2 creates more space behind the tongue, allowing for the airways to work unabated. By allowing for more air to flow through unabated, the MircO2 reduces snoring and any other obstructive respiratory events during sleep.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea or any of the symptoms leading to obstructive sleep events the MicrO2 oral appliance may be able to help you clear out your airways and improve your breathing.
Depending upon your corrective needs your dentist will work with you to determine what type of mouth guard best serves you best. For more information on sleep apnea mouth guards, be sure to contact Advanced Medical today.
FAQ about Sleep Apnea Mouth Guards
Do mouthpieces work for sleep apnea?
One of the common dental devices for treating apnea and dangerous temporary cessation of breathing during sleeping is the custom-fitted mouthpiece. The condition is quite serious and can be life-threatening if left unmanaged. Moreover, it can decrease the life quality, reduce the energy and performance level of a patient, and cause some more severe disorders, for example, stroke or cardiovascular disease. Fatigue and extreme tiredness during the daytime, dry mouth, problems with concentration and focusing, and frequent awakenings are the common signs. Thus, a properly designed plan for handling the issues and keeping the airway open at night must contain such oral appliances. Benefits of using the mouthpiece are:
- an individually created appliance is convenient and easy to use;
- the quality of sleep is boosted and the symptoms are alleviated, so a person can improve well-being and mood and lower chances for complications;
- as compared to other options for curing the condition, a device to restore sleep is one of the most affordable solutions.
However, it should be noted that the device is not suitable for all patients who suffer from airway blockage. It is more effective and can be successfully applied and deliver the expected medical outcomes only in mild to moderate cases.
What kind of mouthpiece is used for sleep apnea?
Oral devices for fighting symptoms of apnea have become one of the recognized and convenient treatments. It helps to properly and securely manage breathing difficulties during sleep and is a great medical tool to get rid of snoring. There are several types of anti-snoring appliances that are developed by professionals individually:
- Tongue retaining device is a more affordable relieving device and can fit almost every patient who needs smart medical assistance.
- Mandibular advancement device is a costlier solution, however, can guarantee maximum efficiency and helps to handle episodes of snoring and breathing stops during the night.
Remember, there is no one-size-suits-all when it comes to dealing with apnea and picking the best appliances for you. To find your ideal remedy, schedule a meeting with your doctor first.
Can mouthguards worsen sleep apnea?
Abnormal breathing of a patient during sleep can bring lots of discomforts and even be hazardous for your health. If left the condition, known as apnea, uncured, an individual can suffer from other more insidious diseases. Thus, a well-developed treatment scheme is paramount, and mouthguards can be a part of the therapy. However, in some cases, it can have negative consequences for a patient and even worsen the condition and deteriorate the well-being since any medical approach, medication, or procedure can have possible complications. To avoid a poor scenario of ending up making an obstruction even more intensive, your doctor must decide if you are a good candidate for using such a device.
Are mouth guards safe to sleep in?
For repairing the health and improving symptoms in a patient who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a customized mouthguard can be used. Generally, such devices are considered safe and comfortable to use at night and don’t have any serious side effects. However, before starting using it, the consultation and recommendations of a competent, highly qualified, and knowledgeable doctor are imperative since such a treatment alternative may not be a good option for everyone. Moreover, even if the medical tool will keep you away from symptoms worsening and will have positive effects on your sleep, you must be warned about some minor risks and secondary, undesirable effects you may experience:
- intense mouth dryness and some painful sensations;
- jaw and teeth pain;
- nasal congestion or stuffy nose;
- tender gums.
Despite all the discomfort, the mouthguard is crucial in most cases, as it eliminates snoring and other signs of apnea. However, the best therapy for apnea depends on an array of important factors, including the condition severity or other health issues you may have. You should seek comprehensive medical advice to be able to select the safest and most effective option for you.