Snoring & Sleep Apnea
FOR SOME SNORING IS ANNOYING-
FOR OTHERS IT’S DEADLY!!
Frustrated with the hassles of a CPAP machine.
Do you get claustrophobic when wearing the CPAP
machine? Can’t keep it on your face throughout
the night. “Tired” of the hassles of traveling with
the CPAP machine?
Our goal is to help you achieve quiet, restful sleep
in order to improve your overall health and the
quality of your life.
For snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea, a special mouthpiece (also called an oral appliance) may help. Our office receives many referrals from medical doctors, dentists and sleep specialists to provide conservative care for your needs. Often, the referrals are made after a patient has had a sleep study, which is highly recommended. Many of the referrals are also based upon difficulty using or getting used to a CPAP machine. A dental mouthpiece may be a conservative answer to these problems. Avoid the over-the-counter mouthpieces. They often do not work. Mouthpieces do not cure the problems that cause snoring or sleep apnea.
Most mouthpieces move the jaw and tongue forward. That keeps the tongue from blocking the airway. Mouthpieces work well, but are not for everyone.
Instructions For Wearing Your Dental Sleep Appliance
Our Goal Is To Help You Achieve Quiet, Restful Sleep In Order To Improve Your Overall Health And The Quality
Of Your Life
Mouthpieces for Sleep Apnea
For simple snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnea, a special mouthpiece may help. A dental specialist works with your doctor to build and fit a mouthpiece just for you. A follow-up sleep study checks how well the device is working for you. Mouthpieces are also called oral appliances.
Moving the Jaw Forward
Most mouthpieces move the jaw and tongue forward. That keeps the tongue from blocking the airway. Mouthpieces can work well, but they are not for everyone. Work with your healthcare provider to get a mouthpiece that fits just right for you. And avoid over-the-counter mouthpieces—they often do not work.
To Have The Most Success With Your Mouthpiece, Keep These Tips In Mind:
**When placing the mouthpiece in the mouth for the first few times, be aware of which is the upper part and lower part…you can visualize by the upper front grooves being larger and the lower smaller, or knowing that the lower portion should be further forward.
First, place the mouthpiece in hot water (not boiling) for about 30 seconds, and then gently place into the mouth. Do not force it into place.
- It will take some time to get used to wearing a mouthpiece. At first it may feel uncomfortable or make your mouth water. If these problems last, tell your healthcare provider.
- **Some adjustments may need to be made. Tightening the wires or even having the lab add some acrylic or reluting the appliance to another position may be necessary.
- Mouthpieces don’t cure the problems that cause snoring or sleep apnea. So you need to use your mouthpiece all night, every night.
- Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for keeping the mouthpiece clean.
- If you have dogs, cats or small children around, keep track of your appliance and make sure that it is placed in a safe place where animals and kids cannot get to the mouthpiece.
- ***You should place it in a small tupperware bowl with a lid in water during the day or it can dry out and crack over time!!!
- To clean the mouthpiece, you can use a soft toothbrush (make sure you do not bend the small wires) and brush with luke-warm water or toothpaste. Do not boil the mouthpiece and do not place in a dishwasher!!!
- You can also use a fixodent tablet and soak the appliance in the solution for an hour or so. Do so approximately once a week.
- It is highly recommended to start off by gradually breaking in the appliance. Possibly wear it for a couple hours the first night and take out. This will give you practice at placing it and how it will on the teeth.
- **When you sleep with the appliance, in the morning your teeth may feel a bit sore. That is normal. Your jaw joints may also be sore, which should go away with consistent use.
- **Also, when you wake up, you may need to use the leaf gauge that was provided to you for quickly realigning the bite. The instructions have been included.
- Please be patient. Snoring and sleep apnea often involve many factors besides merely opening up the airway. Your sleep specialist may have other suggestions.
- Our office will have you back for evaluation about a week after initial placement and approximately 6 months later to recheck you. Rescheduling an appointment with your sleep specialist is also recommended, along with another sleep study to track improvement.
- Please call our office for further information or problems.
- Sleep well