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Sleep apnea appliances

Sleep Apnea Appliances - Newmarket dentists by Woo Dental

In Woo Dental, a Newmarket dentist may prescribe mouth devices if you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The following are the mouth devices that your dentist may recommend : 

Mandibular advancement device (MAD)

  • MADs resemble mouth guards often used in sports.
  • It consists of metal hinges that allow the lower jaw to move forward.  
  • It is a widely used mouth device for sleep apnea.

Tongue retaining device

  • In contrast to MAD, this device holds the tongue in place to maintain an open airway.
  • It is a silicon-made material like baby pacifiers. 
  • With gentle suction, the device holds onto your tongue and gently pulls it forward.

In particular, dental devices effectively improve sleep and reduce snoring during sleep, especially for patients who sleep on their backs and stomach. They are more likely to use dental appliances rather than CPAP. Despite this, dental devices have consequences, including excessive salivation, pain, and altered bite. 

Treatments for sleep apnea will always depend on different factors as well as personal preferences. As a rule of thumb, select an orthodontist or dentist with experience in fitting these appliances. Ensure you see your Newmarket dentist regularly for check-ups and to know what  device is suitable for you.  

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