Oral Appliances for SnoringMany different oral appliances can be used to improve your dental health. Some of these appliances are designed to help with specific conditions, while others can be used for general oral care. At Tencza & Pugliese Dental, we will work with you to determine which oral appliance is right for you.
Reasons We May Recommend an Oral ApplianceThere are many reasons why your dentist may recommend an oral appliance. For example, some oral appliances treat sleep apnea or TMJ disorders. Others may be recommended to help with grinding or support your jaws and teeth during sporting activities. At Tencza & Pugliese Dental, we provide dental appliances for our patients who experience moderate sleep apnea and bruxism or teeth grinding.
Sleep Apnea TreatmentOne of the most common reasons for oral appliance therapy is to treat sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a severe sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Oral appliance therapy can help keep your airway open and prevent sleep apnea. Severe sleep apnea may require oral appliance therapy and CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) treatment.
Teeth Grinding PreventionTeeth grinding, also called bruxism, is a condition that can cause damage to your teeth. Grinding can lead to tooth sensitivity, headaches, and jaw pain. An oral appliance can prevent teeth grinding by keeping your teeth in alignment and preventing them from touching. Many patients may not even realize they grind their teeth or experience sleep apnea at night. However, some signs may indicate that you grind your teeth. These signs include:
- Waking up with a headache or jaw pain
- Teeth that are flattened, chipped, or cracked
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw pain or clicking
- Daytime sleepiness