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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sleep Apnea Treatment

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Our patients ask us lots of questions, and we think it's great! Questions show that you care about your dental needs and are looking to improve your health. The staff at Lone Oak Dental is very knowledgeable about insurance, preventing dental problems, and numerous other issues. We want to put you at ease by answering the questions that you may have. Remember, there are no dumb questions, so ask away!

Sleep Apnea Treatment

For most people with obstructive sleep apnea,  the most effective treatment is a CPAP or BiPAP machine.  However, some patients cannot tolerate these devices due to their noise, discomfort and how much dryness they cause.  For these struggling people, a mandibular repositioning device may be the solution.  

 

A mandibular repositioning device is a mouthpiece worn during sleep.  These oral appliances work by holding the lower jaw forward which opens the airway allowing for oxygen to reach the lungs.  In addition to treating sleep apnea and reducing daytime sleepiness, these devices often fix snoring!

 

Before a device is made, Dr. Jordan must evaluate you to see if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy. In order to be a candidate, you must have at least 8 teeth in each jaw, not have gum disease and not have significant TMJ pain.  After you are evaluated and we have the approval from your physician, we can fit you for an appliance.  This involves taking impressions or molds of your teeth and capturing your bite.  After about 3 weeks, the appliance will be given to you with thorough instructions on its use.  


Once a device is made, it is crucial that you have follow-up appointments with your dentist and physician so that the maximum result can be achieved.

Breaking teeth can be painful, costly and frustrating.  When a patient comes to our office with multiple broken teeth, we examine several areas: tendency to clench and grind their teeth, size of previous fillings and how stable their bite is.  People that clench and grind their teeth can generate enormous amounts of force which can chip or crack teeth.  For those that clench or grind, we would recommend a splint to be worn at night or even during the day to reduce the amount of force put on your teeth.  Unfortunately, cavities and fillings weaken teeth.  When a dentist has to fix a cavity, the resulting tooth is more prone to breaking than if it had never had a cavity or filling.  Lastly, a stable and protected bite evens the chewing forces out among teeth.  If a tooth is taking more force than designed to, it is more likely to break.  Crossbites, missing teeth, excessive overbites and underbites increase your chances of broken teeth.  We believe that prevention is the best medicine and hoped you learned something from this FAQ!

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