Did you know that sleep apnea can be helped by seeing a dentist? Most people think that sleeping and teeth are tied typically tied together. While in some forms this may be true, the fact is that there is an entire field in dentistry known as “sleep disorder dentistry” that might be able to help.
What is Sleep Disorder Dentistry?
Sleep disorder dentistry is a surprisingly popular and sought after field of dental medicine that focuses on correcting common sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and excessive snoring. In the past, most patients with sleep apnea were forced to use a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device, which basically forces air into their lungs to keep the person breathing and sleeping properly throughout the night.
But what does this have to do with teeth? Dr. Skopp has perfected the treatment of sleep apnea patients without having to rely on a CPAP machine to catch some much needed z’s. Dr. Skopp and his team of dental professionals use oral appliances instead.
These oral appliances are small devices that are similar to a retainer or mouth guard, which fit tightly and comfortably in the patient’s mouth to prevent the tongue and soft palate from collapsing into the throat while the person sleeps. This works the same way a typical CPAP machine would work, keeping the airway open during sleep, providing the person with adequate airflow and ensuring their sleep isn’t interrupted by breathing problems.
Types of Oral Appliances
There are also two different types of oral appliances that are most common which are the Mandibular Advancement devices, which pull the lower jaw and tongue down and forward, making the mouth more rigid and taut to avoid movement and shifting during sleep. The other type is Tongue Retaining devices, which are made of softer material that forms around the tongue, keeping it in place throughout the night, allowing the patient to comfortably sleep without a mask or noise.
Dr. Skopp and his professional dental team are proud to be able to finally offer a peaceful solution to patients suffering from common sleep disorders. If you are a patient considering seeking treatment for a sleep disorder, Dr. Skopp and his team will schedule with you an initial consultation to go over your dental history, take x-rays, discuss which type of oral device would work best, as well as discuss options on how to treat your sleep disorder. Once the initial procedure is set up and scheduled, one of the top two oral appliances will be selected and custom-made to fit in a patient’s mouth.
Dr. Skopp and his professional team recognize that no two patients’ mouths are alike, and each patient has his or her own preference as to the type of oral appliance to use, as well as their own comfort level. This is just one reason why Dr. Skopp as well as a member of his dental team takes the time to sit down with each patient during their consultation and go over the advantages and disadvantages for each oral device as well as make suggestions and recommendations to which would be best for his or her needs.
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