Do Snoring Mouth Guards for Sleep Apnea Work?

do snoring mouth guards workThere are quite a number of treatment options for sleep apnea, but the use of oral appliances has been increasing in popularity as the population becomes aware of their effectiveness in the treatment of mild or moderate cases of sleep apnea and snoring.
 
There are more than 100 different FDA approved oral appliances for the treatment of heavy cases of sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. These appliances look somewhat like a mouth guard, and are worn in the mouth in a similar manner to a sports mouth guard while you sleep.
 
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
 
This is a condition in which the muscles around the tongue relax, causing the tissues to block airflow to the lungs while you are asleep. The two most widely used and effective treatments for sleep apnea are dental appliances (or mouth guards) and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).
 
How do snoring mouth guards work?
 
Mouth guards work by moving the jaw forward in order to increase the size of the upper airway, reducing the air resistance that is responsible for snoring and sleep apnea.
 
In most cases, these oral appliances are used as an alternative to CPAP or sleep apnea oral surgery. Sleep apnea mouth guards are often used as anti-snoring devices, and used in conjunction with weight loss for overweight individuals to reduce airway turbulence and prevent snoring.
 
How well do mouth guards work compared to CPAP?
 
CPAP delivers instant results, stopping sleep apnea immediately in nearly all cases where they are used. Oral appliances, on the other hand, usually help to improve sleep apnea, but may not completely stop it. So, oral appliances are often recommended for mild cases of sleep apnea, while CPAP is preferred for severe sleep apnea.
 
Mint Dentistry is currently offering a limited-time special offer on Dental NightGuards (offer ends December, 2015).
 
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved the use of mouth guards as a first line treatment for mild to moderate cases of OSA. The AASM also recommends mouth guards for patients with severe OSA but cannot wear CPAP devices. People with severe OSA can also combine CPAP with oral appliances to help reduce the pressure on the CPAP machine, making the device more comfortable to use. Sleep apnea mouth guards are also suitable when:
 
•Your condition gets better when you lie on your side than when you’re on your back.
•You are not overweight.
 
Mouth guards are not effective when used for central sleep apnea, which is less common than OSA.
 
Custom Mouth Guards – Fitting Your Oral Appliance
 
It is important that you get a custom mouth guard designed specifically for your mouth and jaw shape. To do this, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it away for the appliance to be fabricated. In 2-3 weeks, it will be fitted in your mouth and adjusted so it moves you jaw forward to a position where it is both effective and comfortable. Mouth guards come with a screw adjustment for further fine tuning of the position in a few weeks.
 
We offer custom mouth guards @ Mint Dentistry designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, and teeth grinding.