The Science Behind Oral Appliances: How They Work to Treat Sleep Apnea, Snoring and Daytime Sleepiness

Are you tired of struggling with the discomfort of a CPAP mask? Does the thought of a bulky machine disrupt your sleep even more than your sleep apnea symptoms? If so, it's time to explore the science behind oral appliances and how they can improve sleep quality. At Sleep Center of Littleton in Littleton, Colorado, we specialize in providing oral appliance therapy as an effective alternative to CPAP masks for sleep apnea treatment.

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Understanding Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy involves the use of custom-fitted devices that are designed to fit in your mouth, similar to a retainer or mouthguard. These devices work by gently repositioning the jaw or tongue forward during sleep, which helps to keep the airway open and prevent the obstruction that causes sleep apnea. By holding the tongue or jaw in a forward position, oral appliances effectively improve the quality of your sleep.

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Addressing Airway Blockage

Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes partially or completely blocked during sleep, leading to pauses in breathing and disrupted sleep patterns. Oral appliances play a crucial role in addressing this airway blockage. By adjusting the position of the jaw or tongue, they prevent the soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway. This allows for uninterrupted airflow, reducing snoring, combating sleep apnea, and improving sleep quality.

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Comfort and Ease of Use

One of the primary advantages of oral appliances over traditional CPAP masks is the comfort and convenience they provide. Unlike masks, oral appliances are small, lightweight, and easy to wear. They don't require any external power source or noisy machinery. You can sleep in any position you prefer without worrying about mask straps or headgear. Many patients find the simplicity and comfort of oral appliances to be a major factor in choosing this sleep apnea treatment option.

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Customization for Optimal Results

At Sleep Center of Littleton, our qualified sleep dentists specialize in custom-fitting oral appliances to ensure optimal results. Each device is carefully tailored to the unique shape and size of your mouth. This individualized approach ensures a comfortable fit that doesn't interfere with your sleep. Our team takes into account your specific sleep apnea condition, ensuring that the oral appliance is designed to address your specific sleep apnea condition, your sleep quality, and your overall health and well-being.

Say goodbye to the inconvenience and discomfort of CPAP masks and embrace the science behind oral appliances as an alternative sleep apnea treatment. Schedule a screening with the Sleep Center of Littleton today to learn more about how oral appliances can improve your sleep quality and overall well-being. Our dedicated team will guide you through the process, ensuring you receive the personalized care and treatment you deserve. Enjoy a restful night's sleep with oral appliances from Sleep Center of Littleton.

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