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Sleep Apnea Dental Appliances

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In an attempt to diminsh apnea during sleep. medical companies have introduced several sleep apnea dental appliances. Dental appliances have a huge success rate and are thought to be one of the more effective treatments for sleep apnea. In fact, the dental appliances lower the chances of strokes and heart diseases. Mostly, dental devices are prescribed to patients who suffer from a mild case of sleep apnea. However, patients with severe sleep apnea benefit from this treatment as well. Before resorting to dental appliances it is advised to have several examinations by a physician as well as a professional dentist.

Once the patient has chosen a sleep apnea dental appliance as means of a treatment, the dentist will design and fabricate a mold of the teeth and jaws. The mouthpiece prevents the blocking of the airways by pulling the tongue and jaws forward. The airways remain unblocked and fewer apneas occur during sleep.

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Dental appliances vary in cost and quality. Depending on the quality of the materials the prices can rise up to $1,500. Whichever price range the patient chooses it is important to keep in mind the comfort of the dental appliance. Custom-made dental appliances may cost more, but in many cases they will guarantee a good night’s sleep.

Also, cheaper appliances which are not custom-made are mostly ‘one size fits all’. This means they most likely will not fit. Custom-made appliances will fit and also allow some motion of the jaws, which will prevent discomfort. Remember, you get what you pay for. Depending on the quality of your mouthpiece and the maintenance it may not need replacement for 6 years. Cheaper and over-the-counter dental appliances have a maximum life span of 6 months.

Whichever mouthpiece you chose, be advised to visit a doctor and dentist before purchasing any appliances. Every sleeping disorder is different, and with the wide range of sleep apnea treatments available… be sure to have a physician and dentist investigate if a sleep apnea dental appliance is the right treatment for you.

Alternate spelling: sleep apnoea | Common misspellings: sleep apnia, sleep apena, sleep apneia
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Dr. Jonathan Greenburg DDS

My name is Dr. Jonathan Greenburg and I treat sleep apnea and snoring disorders in several clinics in the Los Angeles area. The dental devices have come a long way in the last several years and our FDA approved Full Breath Solution has an 85% success rate.

I always appreciate a website like this one that is bringing attention to what is potentially a truly life threatening health risk. If you or a loved one is in the Los Angeles area, please give me a call at 888-31-SNORE for a free consultation, or you can visit my website (click on my name for the link).

Sean from Atlanta Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Greenburg, you’re right sleep apnea can be a quite alarming and dangerous condition. As well I’m in favor of the idea that if it helps you live better, healthier, and saves someone’s life it should be known and promoted. So thanks for that!

Milly from Sleepmasters Beds

Have you ever done any case studies on sleep apnea Dr.Greenburg? E.g. Percentage of people suffering, how many get diagnosed and how many are cured?

Orlando Dentist

We actually use some dental appliances for treating sleep apnea. The treatment works for about 70-80% of our patients.

Charles from Snoring Aids

Even though these dental appliances like the mouth guard work effectively, I’ve found them to be a bit of a pain with saliva building up. Sometimes I’d wake up in the middle of the night because I choked on my saliva.

Andrew from San Francisco Cosmetic Dentistry

People really are distressed when they are battling sleep apnea and, in my experience, almost always choose the most comfortable sleeping appliance regardless of the cost.

David from Website Design Chicago

Does this really help with snoring or does it just help you breathe better? My father has always had a bad problem with snoring, so I would be interested in something that could help him.

Jim from Greensboro Pediatric Dentist

These products really do work for sleep apnea. They do not work for all; but the benefit for those it does is tremendous. As the article says, always visit your doctor and dentist to see if you are a candidate. Do not bypass this step!

Jennifer from Teeth Whitening Gels

Thanks for the article on sleep apnea. My friends father started to use an appliance to help this issue. So far, it’s working great.

Chris from PAT Testing Services

My wife has a terrible problem with snoring and has tried some of these treatments and nothing has worked.

Robie from Cure For Snoring

It is definitely true that you get what you pay for. It is better to invest a little more money than to get something that does not work properly.

Emma from Scrap Car

I have heard that this works a treat my boyfriend snores like an elephant, I cannot stand sleeping next to him as the noise he makes is terrible, from what this says it helps a lot so I will get him to give this a try I will let you know how we get on, finger crossed :-)

Carol

Trust me when I say living with a partner that snores is no fun at all. I’ve made many attempts to try and get him to see a doctor to eliminate sleep apnea as the cause but like most men he’s very stubborn :)

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