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Sleep Apnea and Tongue Retaining Devices

Sleep apnea has become a central topic today because so many people are affected by this condition. While there are a number of differentSleep Apnea types of devices and equipment on the market today as well as even surgical procedures that are used to deal with sleep apnea, one device in particular has proven quite successful over the years. The tongue-retaining device while less commonly used than a mask that is worn at night, is a device that is comprised of a splint used to hold the tongue in place. This helps to keep the airway open and greatly reduces the negative effects of sleep apnea on individuals. Most notably, this type of device is ideal for those who have mild to moderate levels of sleep apnea [1].

Wearing a Mask

Tongue Retaining DevicesIt is also a more common solution for those who typically sleep on their stomach or back. As opposed to wearing a mask that forces air into the airway, a tongue-retaining device helps to improve sleep and reduce the overall frequency of snoring. It also helps to reduce the high sound levels associated with hard or loud snoring. An added advantage of choosing to use a tongue-retaining device is the fact that people are far more likely to use a dental appliance of this nature as opposed to having to wear an uncomfortable mask each night. Much research and many studies have indicated that dental devices used to control sleep apnea are better as a long-term solution when compared to other options.

Radical Surgical Procedures

This is especially true when talking about the more common types of surgical procedures used for sleep apnea. During surgery, soft tissue is removed from the back of the throat changing the actual physical structure of the oral cavity in an attempt to reduce sleep apnea. While dental devices for sleep apnea can increase cases of dry lips and may even be uncomfortable to wear at times, they are often the preferred method as a way to avoid more radical surgical procedures. Ultimately, the decision on which is the best solution for sleep apnea rests with the patient after consulting with their dental care provider. The good news is that many advances have been made in recent years with regard to sleep apnea and the options that are available.sleep apnea and sleep disorders

Frequent Checkups

Keep in mind that those that are fitted with a dental device for sleep apnea should schedule frequent checkups to ensure that the device is working as expected. In some circumstances, adjustments should be made to the device to improve its functionality. Anytime pain or discomfort is experienced it is recommended to contact your dental care provider or orthodontist as soon as possible [2]. This will ensure that the proper modifications and corrections can be made quickly. Personal preferences typically play an important role in choosing the best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Contact your  Tigard dental care provider, Dr. Rashidi today to learn more about dental devices for obstructive sleep apnea in her Washigton Square Dental office.

[1] Snoring and Sleep Apnea Appliance
[2] Invisalign vs Braces, What You Need to Know