The Pasha Snoring & Sinus Center has recently started offering non-invasive dental appliances to treat people with mild sleep apnea or positional snoring. These appliances are custom-fitted by Dr. Pasha to the patient’s specific bite in order to reduce teeth shifting.
The dental appliance is worn in the mouth while sleeping to help expand the back of the throat. Some of the devices hold the lower jaw forward during sleep, while other appliances directly affect tongue position. The appliance has two adjustable pieces to enable the lower jaw to be advanced forward, bringing the tongue muscles forward to open and stabilize the back of the throat. The device is also engineered to enable you to breathe through the mouth as well as move your jaw side to side to optimize comfort.
Advantages of Using a Dental Appliance
- The use of dental appliances has been recognized by the FDA and most insurers as a safe and reliable option for many patients.
- Easy to use.
- Traveling with a dental appliance is easy due to their small size, unlike CPAP machines.
- Dental appliances are also useful when used along with other therapies/treatments -such as CPAP – for patients with severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
Disadvantages of Using a Dental Appliance
The use of dental appliances may cause certain side effects, such as:
- Excessive salivation.
- Dry mouth.
- Tooth and jaw discomfort.
- Temporary bite changes.
In extreme cases, however, dental appliances can cause more serious problems, such as:
- Tempromandibular Joint Desease (TMJ): Also known as arthritis of the jaw joint, TMJ occurs because of the stress of the jaw joint from thrusting your jaw forward in an unnatural position.
- Jaw pain.
- Shift of teeth over time, resulting in an over-bite or under-bite.
- Patients may have difficulty tolerating dental devices.
If you think you could benefit from learning more about whether a dental appliance is the right solution for you, please give Dr. Pasha a call or schedule an appointment here.