Oral appliance therapy is a type of dental therapy used to treat various ailments or diseases, especially in adults. The main use of this therapy is made to treat or treat sleep apnea, a disorder that can cause serious problems even at the dental level (often it is connected to bruxism, the grinding or clenching of the teeth that leads to their premature consumption), or for problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). To find out if you need an oral appliance treatment, just reach us at Hunter Dental Care.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is a treatment that is carried out by using specific dental appliances, often worn at night. These are devices developed thanks to the evolution of dental technology and often help to realign the bite. Both to solve the problems of sleep apnea and TMJ problems, one solution lies in the application of a device capable of changing the position of the jaw so as to modify the structure of the mouth. These dental instruments are used to advance the jaw to increase airspace so as to create less problems in the case of sleep apnea, and lighten the pressure of the jaw so as to alleviate TMJ problems. The use of this therapy is also beneficial in the case of bruxism or snoring problems. Since the structures of the palate no longer vibrate following the application of the bite, bruxism is significantly reduced, as well as snoring. Since it is a therapy that uses bite, there are also "universal" devices for sale. It is an economic choice, but not an advantageous choice. To be most effective, oral appliance therapy must be carried out by professionals like us so we can tailor the devices to each of our patients.
How to Perform Oral Appliance Therapy
In order to perform oral appliance therapy in the best way, the first thing to do is to visit with one of our professionals so we can understand what ailment you suffer from and what is the best therapy for your situation. Sleep apnea or TMJ problems could be solved with this type of therapy, but that is not the case with every patient we see. If your dental problems can be treated through oral appliance therapy, an appliance will be created specifically for you and your needs. In order to create an oral appliance, first the impressions of your teeth will be taken. Then the device will be made to be as comfortable and effective as possible. We will then take the time to make sure the appliance fits perfectly and explain to you how to take care of it. It is important to understand, however, that oral appliance therapy can only temporarily resolve or alleviate some of the more severe problems. The problem of bruxism or problem such as those related to TMJ, can only be reduced. To schedule an in-depth visit and understand if oral appliance therapy is right for you, all you have to do is call us at Hunter Dental Care at (503) 622-9730 and make an appointment.