What are Dental Mouth Guards?
While there are a wide variety of treatment methods available for sleep apnea, the team at Advanced Medical recommends patients use oral appliances or mouth guards. Not only are mouth guards the most effective, they are also the most versatile – offering relief to a the majority of different forms of obstructive sleep apnea.
Traditionally, mouth guards are known as customized coverings that are made to be worn over the teeth. These mouth guards are commonly used to protect the teeth from injury during sports, or to prevent grinding of teeth – a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. However, in addition to preventing nocturnal grinding of teeth, sleep apnea mouth guards are used to hold the tongue and other tissue of the mouth, in place so that they do not prevent proper breathing during the night. By doing this, we are able to ensure proper breathing, and normal airflow during the night.
Common Dental Mouth Guards
The EMA or Elastic Mandibular Advancement appliance is a device specifically approved for the treatment of both snoring and mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It is a versatile appliance that can fit a number of different needs for different patients, providing customized effective solutions no matter the situation.
Using its patented elastic straps, the EMA, provides lateral freedom and overall comfort. The straps are fit onto your teeth to bring the mandible forward into its desired position. This causes forward movement of the tongue, opening up wider airways and alleviating symptoms of sleep apnea. The straps work by giving patients a wider bite and therefore an increased airway space. With an increased airway, patients receive more oxygen and there is less resistance to their breathing while sleeping. This will reduce your snoring, and limit the symptoms of sleep apnea.
In order to fully gauge the EMA’s effectiveness on an individual patient, a sleep study must be ordered while wearing the EMA. The wider airways created by the EMA, should be able to limit patient’s snoring and symptoms of sleep apnea.
Once the sleep study proves the EMA’s effectiveness for an individual patient, a custom-fabricated final appliance will be ordered. With proper care and use, the EMA can help patients alleviate symptoms of sleep apnea for many years to come!
Another common type of sleep apnea mouth guard is the MicrO2 Sleep and Snore device. This device is an oral anti-snoring mouthpiece, manufactured by ProSomnus Sleep Technologies. The MicrO2 device is made from a strong, control-cured PMMA Polymer and is FDA approved as a Sleep Apnea device.
The MicrO2 Intraoral appliance works by moving the lower jaw or mandible, forward, in order to increase the diameter of the retropharyngeal airway behind the tongue. In other words, by gently advancing the mandible forward, the MicrO2 creates more space behind the tongue, allowing for the airways to work unabated. By allowing for more air to flow through unabated, the MircO2 reduces snoring and any other obstructive respiratory events during sleep.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea or any of the symptoms leading to obstructive sleep events the MicrO2 oral appliance may be able to help you clear out your airways and improve your breathing.
Depending upon your corrective needs your dentist will work with you to determine what type of mouth guard best serves you best. For more information on sleep apnea mouth guards, be sure to contact Advanced Medical today.