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Sleep Apnea Mouth Guards

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

EMA
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!

MicrO2
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?

Sleep apnea is considered one of the dangerous and life-threatening sleep disorders that can really affect your health and hurt your well-being. It also can cause an array of cardiac issues, having a negative impact on your heart. Thus, due to increased risks for the occurrence of other problems with health, sleep apnea must be properly managed. Unfortunately, there is no universal cure that can fight the condition but still, there is some method that can minimize consequences, restore normal quality of life, and improve sleep.

The mouthpiece for apnea is one of the dental devices and efficient treatment options for a patient who has been diagnosed with a condition that is characterized by blocking the airway and can lead to an array of troubles, such as snoring, extreme tiredness, poor sleep habits, and even impairment of cognitive function, inability to concentrate, and memory issues. Thus, you must find the right fit for you, as mouthpieces can help to prevent respiratory arrest that is typical for the disorder and relieve apnea symptoms.

What kind of mouthpiece is used for sleep apnea?

The sleep disorder that may provoke breathing cessation at night is a serious health issue that must be competently handled by a proficient neurologist, as symptoms decrease the quality of life, cause a lack of energy during the day, affect the performance levels, and include: 

  • extreme exhaustion resulting from frequent night awakenings;
  • severe headaches;
  • irritability, emotional strain, a high level of stress, and depression.

A medical specialist after diagnosis and based on the detected triggers and signs will suggest possible treatment options. Adjustment of lifestyle and getting rid of poor habits that are the source of poor sleep are the initial steps in the curing scheme. The surgery is also possible. However, the most efficient way to deal with apnea is using an oral device. Such a mouthguard can help with the improvement of airflow and prevent respiratory arrest at night, restoring healthy sleep. One of the most commonly applied devices for patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea is the mandibular advancement device. 

Can mouthguards worsen sleep apnea?

If a patient experiences only mild apnea, a custom-fitted mouthguard can deliver a positive effect and keep the airway open, preventing their blockage or collapsing. However, such therapy probably will not resolve the issue entirely, so you will still be at high risk of heart attack, hypertension, stroke, emotional instability, and mood swings. Moreover, some signs can become more intensive and may continue to progress.

So before starting to apply oral devices, you must be aware of all the details, how it can alleviate and improve symptoms, what are the risks, and whether it can worsen the condition even more. Thus, to avoid poor consequences, such as gum soreness or pain in your jaw that can aggravate the sleep troubles and deteriorate your condition, it is imperative to get only qualified assistance and custom-made mouthguards. 

Are mouth guards safe to sleep in?

Oral devices are designed to help to fight apnea symptoms and avoid poor health outcomes, repairing sleep. Although mouthguards boast an array of positives, such as great control of snoring, delivering a chance to regain good sleep, or cost-efficiency, there are still some disadvantages:

  • it can cause discomfort or lead to irritation of your gum;
  • mouthguards will provoke bacteria to accumulate in your mouth while sleeping;
  • a patient who applies such a device may experience dry mouth or even a sore throat.

However, the condition that leads to repeated stops of breathing while a person sleeps must be smartly managed. The treatment requires the knowledge and experience of a doctor since there is no cure or drug that can fully fight the disorder. Thus, the tactic should be personalized and efficient. And mouthguard is the essential component for those who suffer from apnea.