I Have Sleep Apnea Is There A Mouthguard I Could Wear To Treat It As A Treatment Alternative
Okay, so snoring devices or sleep apnea devices with the dentist so, not everybody who snores has sleep apnea. However um usually everyone who has sleep apnea tends to snore. We will find out we will need to find out whether you do have sleep apnea. Once this has been determined you have a choice of having either a sleep ap machine which is a machine that gives you continuous oxygen flow
um into the mouth and that is a machine that works quite well to help treat the sleep apnea Another way to treat the sleep apnea if you're not very comfortable with the sleep ap machine would be to have a guard so this is called a sleep apnea guard or a mandibular advancement device, what this guard does is something you wear in your mouth that draws your lower jaw forward, so by drawing your lower jaw forward what happens is that it opens up your airway and allows more air to go through and
intends to stop that sleep apnea problem of stopping and starting with the breathing so this mandibular advancement device tends to have very good results with people who have got moderate sleep apnea issues and we find that a lot of people who find the sleep ap machine difficult because it restricts the way that they can move
or because of the noise it produces or even because of the cost of the sleep ap machine and tend to be happy trying this mandibular advancement device.
Dental Care Teeth Grinding Night Guards
I'm Joe Neely, and I practice with theBarton Oaks Dental Group. I'm going to talk about using a night guard for tooth grinding,or in many cases for tooth clinching. Since probably more people simply clinch with excessiveforces, than grind. The night guard has three purposes. The first purpose is to simply putsomething in between your two sets of teeth, top and bottom, that's softer than your toothenamel. The plastic that a night guard is made out of, even though it feels hard, ismuch less dense than your tooth, and so if somethings going to wear, the plastic willwear. The second thing the night guard does, is, because it has some thickness to it, itgives the muscle a different position to rest
in, and to function in. Striated muscles,if you stretch them a little bit, if you extend them, and then contract them, its therapeuticfor the muscle. It's the same thing a runner would do when they're stretching their legs,or ballerinas stretching out, or a gymnast. You're basically are functioning with thatmuscle at a longer position for the muscle. The third thing the night guard does, is,it gives your jaw support and yet freedom of function. The, the purpose of a custommade night guard, like any orthotic for our sh, sh, running shoes or whatever, is it canbe shaped to fit the patient's bite exactly. To where when you bite down, you have fullsupport, even support, and when you go through
the different motions and movements of thejaw, your, the, the plastic is shaped to where it puts that jaw through an ideal patternof movement, rather than a hard pattern of movement. The reason that you wouldn't wantto go to the sporting goods store and get an athletic mouthpiece, is that as you biteinto the athletic mouthpiece, your teeth, top and bottom, sink into that mold, and nowyour teeth are locked in position. And so, with the mouthpiece in place, if you needto, if you're functioning, then your, the teeth slide across the plastic. If they'relocked into position, and you grind, then the only thing that, that gets torn up isthe joint, and that's not a good thing.