Treating Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances by our St. Louis Dentists
Sleep apnea is a serious, sometimes fatal medical disorder that affects around 10% of American men over the age of 40, and 6% of American women of the same age. Sleep apnea sufferers completely stop breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times in a single night. Normal breathing ceases because the airway becomes obstructed, causing a serious reduction of airflow to the lungs.
There are a number of dental devices that can be used to alleviate this condition. The goal of most of these devices is to separate the jaws and push them forward slightly. This slight repositioning opens up the airway, and allows oxygen to flow freely again. Wearers of sleep apnea dental devices report that they stop loud snoring, feel more rested in the daytime, and are much more comfortable going to sleep. Sleep apnea appliances work best on patients who are not significantly overweight. They offer a viable alternative to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).
Sleep apnea appliances fall into two categories: fixed and adjustable. Here are brief descriptions of some commonly used sleep apnea dental appliances:
FREEDOM IN VERTICAL MOVEMENT AND COMFORTABLE TO WEAR. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT WITH THE NEW 4-WING DESIGN.
Respire Blue+ is a custom, personalized mouthpiece that features a dual block design with interlocking wings. It works by keeping the airway open in any sleep position and allows for a wide range of mouth movement. Naturally fall into a pleasant night’s sleep and awaken feeling refreshed!
Features & Benefits:
DUAL-BLOCK DESIGN WITH INTERLOCKING WINGS
The dual-block design with interlocking wings makes Respire Blue a less intrusive sleep apnea treatment option. It provides more freedom in mouth movement, allowing you to more freely talk, drink and yawn.
MESH SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR DURABILITY
During sleep, jaw clenching can exert a significant amount of force. Respire Blue offers a mesh support system that’s welded to the advancement screws, adding strength and durability that helps achieve longevity.
Respire Blue EF+
BREAKTHROUGH DESIGN FOR INCREASED COMFORT. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT WITH THE NEW 4-WING DESIGN.
Endurance Framework (EF) sleep devices offer enhanced comfort. They have an innovative, patented design and are made of alloy, making them significantly thinner yet durable.
Features & Benefit:
INCREASED TONGUE SPACE
EF products are made with alloy, making the framework part of the appliance thinner. This creates more space for the tongue and provides extra comfort for people who need it.
REDUCED COVERAGE FOR FRONT TEETH
Discomfort can be caused when a sleep apnea device presses against the lips. EF products reduce this issue for a more comfortable experience.
MADE WITH ALLOY FOR DURABILITY
The endurance framework offers extra durability, despite being one of the thinnest lingual coverage products available.
If you have questions or concerns about sleep apnea appliances, please schedule an appointment with our dentists in St. Louis. Drs. Boivin look forward to helping you regain a good night's rest.