Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece
Sleep apnea mouthpieces are often considered front-line treatments to help achieve symptom relief in patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Our Los Angeles sleep apnea office works with patients to determine the best treatment options to meet their needs. If you have sleep apnea, we offer solutions that are personalized for the best results. We offer mouthpieces, or small plastic devices, that are customized to fit your mouth much like orthodontic retainers or athletic mouthguards. They can be used alone or with other sleep apnea treatments to improve symptom control or promote better sleep.
Our Los Angeles sleep apnea dentist may recommend a sleep apnea mouthpiece if you:
• Have mild to moderate sleep apnea or snoring
• Are not a candidate for more conservative treatment options such as lifestyle changes or have not had adequate symptom control with lifestyle changes
• Are intolerant of CPAP therapy
If you are a candidate for a mouthpiece, we will design and custom fit an appliance that will keep your throat open and unobstructed as you sleep. Several designs of appliances are available. They can stabilize the position of the jaw and soft tissues of the mouth, reposition the jaw and improve muscle tone to keep the airways open for easier breathing. We will work with you to identify the most appropriate design for your needs. Treatment with a mouth guard is non-invasive and reversible, and the mouthpieces are comfortable and unlikely to cause irritation or interfere with sleep. They are also convenient to take along while traveling and can be easy to clean, store and use.
Other treatment options are available and may be appropriate for use in conjunction with a sleep apnea mouthpiece. Contact our offices today to learn more or to schedule your consultation with our Los Angeles sleep apnea expert.
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