Breathing disorders like obstructive sleep apnea can seriously affect your life. Resulting chronic fatigue can make it difficult to complete routine tasks, and it can also affect your personal interactions. If you are looking for an effective treatment, our team at Fort Bend Dental can provide you with a custom mouth guard for sleep apnea. At our Missouri City, TX, practice, we will carefully design your appliance to fit over your top and bottom teeth. When you wear it, the device will realign your jaw to open your airways and help you to get more restful night’s sleep.
How Mouth Guards Can Help
Sleep apnea mouth guards are a simple, easy way to improve airflow and the quality of your sleep. Sometimes called a jaw advancing device (JAD) or mandibular adjustment device (MAD), the appliance will fit comfortably over your top and bottom teeth. It will gently shift your lower jaw forward, which can tighten your soft palate. In turn, this adjustment can lift the tissues clear of your throat so that you can breathe easily. To ensure a near-perfect fit, our doctors will take detailed impressions of your teeth. Then your device will be crafted to fit comfortably and securely in your mouth. In some cases, we may provide a tongue retaining device. Your mouth guard can be adjusted to shift your jaw varying amounts, depending on the adjustment that you require. This type of appliance can also hold your tongue in proper position, keeping it clear of your throat.
Comparing Treatment Options
CPAP therapy is one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea. Patients who choose this treatment will receive a mask that will fit over their mouth and nose. A CPAP machine will then pump air through the mask, lifting the soft palate and keeping the airways open. Unfortunately, many patients are not able to adjust to CPAP treatment or require additional adjustment. While CPAP therapy is still the gold standard for treating obstructive sleep apnea, a mouth guard can provide less-invasive treatment or more individualized techniques.
By treating your sleep breathing disorder, you can reduce your risk for related health conditions, such as heart attack and stroke.
Mouth guards are small, discreet, and comfortable alternatives for patients with less severe sleep apnea. After you receive your device, you can adjust to it very quickly, and the quality of your sleep could improve after just a few nights. Most importantly, your appliance could have tremendous benefits for your current and future health. After you start wearing your mouth guard, you should wake up feeling much more rested. You may also be able to focus better at work. Your mood and relationships may improve, as well. In addition, by treating your sleep breathing disorder, you can reduce your risk for related health conditions, such as heart attack and stroke.
Convenient, Comfortable Care
To learn more about our custom mouth guards and how they can benefit you, contact our office and begin protecting your future health. You can also call our Missouri City office at (281) 499-3541 or our Richmond office at (281) 342-6178.