The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has stated that oral appliance is indicated as a first line treatment option for patients with primary snoring and/or mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and as a second treatment option for patients with severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP and/or are not good candidates for surgery.
Therefore, oral appliance therapy is indicated for:
There are a number of temporary side effects that may be noticeable during the first few weeks or may require minor adjustment of the appliance by the dentist. These include:
The potential side effects that can be more problematic include:
From the research evidence and our clinical experience, jaw muscle and joint pain occur in approximately 10% of the patients and the pain will disappear when the patient discontinues use of the appliance. However, the pain can recur for these patients when they start wearing the appliance again. Permanent changes in the bite can occur for some patients. Although the changes may be slight it may still be difficult for the patient to close their back teeth together, which in rare instances, can effect ability to chew effectively.
Are you looking for solutions to treat your snoring. Consider dental appliance therapy. Call us at 954 726 4511 or complete the online form to schedule a consultation with Tamarac dentist Dr. Seth Pomerantz. Our dental practice in Tamarac welcomes patients from: Coral Springs, Margate, North Lauderdale, Tamarac, Coconut Creek and Parkland.