Dental Appliance Therapy - South Florida Laser Dentistry
8201B N. PINE ISLAND ROAD TAMARAC, FL 33321

INDICATIONS FOR DENTAL APPLIANCE THERAPY

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:

  • Primary/heavy snoring
  • Mild or moderate sleep apnea
  • Poor tolerance of nasal CPAP
  • Failure of surgery

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY

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:

  • Tension in the jaw
  • Sore teeth or gums
  • Excessive salivation or a dry mouth
  • Temporary change in the bite (when appliance is removed in the morning)
  • Noises in the jaw joint (TMJ)

Dental Appliance TherapyThe potential side effects that can be more problematic include:

  • Jaw muscle or joint pain
  • Permanent changes in the bite
  • Slight movement of teeth
  • Loosening of dental restorations (crowns, bridges, etc.)

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.

We are dedicated to giving each of our patients the healthy smile they deserve!

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