How can we help you?
We know that you probably have a lot of questions about our practice, your oral health, and dentistry in general. At Orchards Dental, we are dedicated to patient education. This means that no question is ever silly, so don't hesitate to ask!
Our dental team will always make time to listen to and address your questions and concerns, and you are welcome to call us or send us an email as well.
We've collected a series of questions we often hear. Take a look and see if your question has been answered below. If it's not here – or you'd like more information – just let us know and we'll be happy to help!
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that requires treatment but many people avoid getting treatment because they do not want to wear a mask to sleep. The good news is that there are options besides the CPAP for treating sleep apnea. Mild to moderate sleep apnea and even cases of severe sleep apnea can be treated with oral appliances (mandibular advancement device). The way the oral appliance works is it positions your lower jaw (mandible) forward, which positions the soft tissues of your airway forward, resulting in a wider airway and more airflow through your airway.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Most people with obstructive sleep apnea are candidates for oral appliance therapy. After getting treatment for sleep apnea, many people report increased energy and an increased ability to concentrate. Besides these, sleep apnea is important to treat because if untreated, people are at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke and other health complications such as high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome.
As an additional benefit, the oral appliances often also eliminate snoring, making sleep more comfortable both for you and your bed partner. Some people will opt to get an oral appliance just to treat snoring. In these cases, the appliance is often called a snore guard.
Call us today for a consultation and we will work with you to see if oral appliance therapy is a good option for you!