Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dental devices and sleep apnea

Luckily there are many remedies besides the CPAP ( although it is probably the most popular ) that are effective remedies for sleep apnea. I recently wrote about throat exercises to tighten loose tissue in the back of the mouth, it may not cure your sleep apnea but it may help. Playing the didgeridoo, a musical instrument, also helps to unblock the airway. And there are also dental devices, also called oral appliances that you may want to try.

In a previous post I described MAD or the mandibular advancement device, a device that is fitted in your mouth to push forward the jaw which helps keep the airway open. There is also a dental device TRD or tongue retraining device. What happens with the TRD is the tongue is kept in place by a splint which in turn keeps the airway open.

Of course dental devices like the CPAP aren’t for everyone. If you have severe obstructive sleep apnea dental devices might not be enough, using a cpap or surgery might be your only option. And you might also find that the device is too uncomfortable to wear at night.

But you should consider it if you find the cpap too uncomfortable and you are leery about having surgery. Talk to your doctor and your dentist to see what option is right for you.

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  1. Nice article! A friend of mind started using MAD which seems to work well. Most with sleep apnea are not aware they have it:) My friend's wife noticed heavy snoring with periods of shallow breathing. He went to a sleep institute and was properly assessed.