We do a lot in our sleep that we are unaware of. We move around, sometimes sleep talk, and unfortunately, also snore without knowing it. While the first two examples are fairly normal, snoring is not. It is actually a sign that you have sleep apnea, a condition wherein the muscles in your air passageway relax, disabling you from breathing properly. If someone has told you that you snore every night, you might benefit from a dental appliance.
There are several different types of dental appliances, but all are designed to help you breathe properly while you sleep. You might benefit most from an appliance that repositions your jaw forward, creating more space in the throat, or one that moves both your jaw and tongue out of the way.
The process of getting an oral appliance is relatively simple. Our Los Angeles sleep apnea dentist will first take impressions of your teeth. These will be used to create mouth guard that will fit you perfectly while comfortably forcing a modified bite. Once our dentist has the final product, you can return to our office so we can make sure it fits properly, and make any adjustments, if needed. Patients should keep in mind that they will receive the most from it if it is worn every night.
Contact our office to learn more about a sleep apnea oral appliance that can help you get a good night’s sleep.