Approximately 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a condition which blocks the airway when you sleep. Left untreated, it can result not only in chronic fatigue and irritability, but physical health problems like high blood pressure and strokes. Fortunately, Dr. Gary Kinder offers sleep apnea treatment at our Knoxville, TN practice to open up your airway and improve the quality of your sleep and daytime life.
Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is the most popular non-surgical treatment for sleep apnea. These specially-designed appliances are intended to shift the soft tissue blocking your airway out of the way so that you can breathe more easily. Sleep apnea treatment with oral appliances offers a wide range of benefits, including:
- Discretion: A custom oral appliance is discreet. In fact, when your mouth is closed, the device is not typically visible to a bed partner.
- Portability: Unlike a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, an oral appliance is incredibly portable and can fit in your pocket. Additionally, the appliance can function without electricity and does not require recharging.
- Fast Effects: Most patients notice a marked improvement on the first night of use.
Dr. Kinder customizes every mouth guard to each patient’s unique oral anatomy so that it fits as comfortably as possible. For over 35 years, he has been serving the needs of our patients by combing technology, science, and artistry.
You may want to consider scheduling a consultation with a dentist or sleep specialist if you:
- Snore loudly
- Frequently wake up with a sore throat
- Have headaches in the morning
- Suffer from restlessness or insomnia
- Often wake up gasping for air
- Become sleepy when driving
- Are forgetful, irritable, or experience frequent mood changes
Oral appliance therapy is usually recommended to patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Severe or more complex issues may also require the use of a CPAP machine or even surgery. During a comprehensive evaluation at our Knoxville practice, Dr. Kinder can determine which method will be most beneficial for you. If necessary, he may recommend a sleep study to confirm the proper diagnosis.
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
If Dr. Kinder determines that you are eligible for oral appliance therapy, then we will first take impressions of your teeth. These are sent to our trusted dental lab, where a skilled technician fabricates your custom mouth guard. Once the appliance is shipped to back us, we will schedule you for a second appointment. During this visit, Dr. Kinder will assess the device and ensure it fits properly before you take it home.
Most patients become accustomed to their device within a few nights...
A custom oral appliance is designed to fit snugly over the teeth and move the jaw slightly forward. This helps open the airway, increase oxygen flow, and reduce snoring. Most patients become accustomed to their device within a few nights, as these appliances are much less cumbersome than CPAP or other alternative treatments.
Breathe Easier Today
Since 1990, Living Life Dentistry has been serving residents of Knoxville and surrounding communities. We believe that every individual should have access to the care they need. That is why we accept CareCredit® financing to help patients afford any out-of-pocket costs. To learn more about sleep apnea treatment, or to schedule an appointment, contact us online anytime or call us at (865) 539-6030.