Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process for creating a custom oral appliance for sleep apnea?
Once it has been determined that you are suffering from sleep apnea, we’ll schedule an appointment to have your custom oral appliance created. At this visit, our team will take digital impressions to create a comfortable and well-functioning appliance. At the following visit, we will ensure the appliance fits well and works as intended. Then you are free to take it home and use it nightly. It’s as simple as that!
Can I use nasal strips to keep my airway open?
Nasal strips help to keep the nasal airways open, but sleep apnea is caused by the muscles in the back of the throat becoming too relaxed and obstructing the airflow in the back of the mouth and throat. This is why oral appliance therapy works well for sleep apnea and some other sleep breathing disorders. Because the appliances hold the jaw in a comfortable position that still allows breathing to continue uninterrupted even when the throat muscles relax. We can discuss how nasal strips, mouth taping, and specific exercises can be used to enhance your therapy.
Do I have to treat my sleep apnea?
Your specific symptoms may not be motivating you to seek treatment, but we still recommend getting an official diagnosis and exploring your treatment options for sleep apnea. In addition to abnormal fatigue, sleep apnea is also linked to an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, heart problems, and type 2 diabetes. It’s not pleasant to think about, but in some cases, sleep apnea can actually be fatal. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please get in touch with our office and we will be more than happy to assist you.