Oral Appliance Therapy
At Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA, we help you get oral appliance therapy to treat your sleep apnea in a non-invasive way.
Oral appliance therapy is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea. This involves wearing a device in your mouth that acts much like a night mouthguard or an oral splint. These devices are custom-fitted, and hence, using over-the-counter appliances are strongly discouraged.
Types of Oral Appliances
Although oral appliances come in several different forms, they mainly fall under two categories:
Benefits of Oral Appliances
Oral appliance therapy has several advantages over other treatment options:
Making Your Oral Appliances
At Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA, Dr. Jonathan Golab will first educate you about sleep apnea and the benefits of oral appliance therapy. We will then perform a physical examination of your teeth, tongue, jaw, and airway and may also recommend a dental x-ray.
We will take physical impressions of your teeth or make digital models of your mouth via the CAD/CAM technology. These models are sent to a dental lab where your oral appliance is made. After the appliance has been made, you will be fitted with the device, and we will make adjustments to its fit to ensure maximum effectiveness and comfort for you.
We may also recommend follow-up dental exams to check whether your oral appliance fits you perfectly. A periodic checkup of your appliance is necessary to ensure the long-term success of your treatment.
Potential Side Effects of Your Oral Appliances
During your oral appliance therapy, you may experience minor side effects like dry mouth or, conversely, excess saliva in your mouth. You may also have a temporary change in your bite and some jaw and tooth discomfort.
These complications can be identified and managed by Dr. Jonathan Golab.
Treating obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you improve the quality of your sleep, and hence, the quality of your life. Successful treatment means a healthy mind, body, and heart. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, call us now at (469) 444-7919 to schedule a visit with us.