Tampa Sleep Apnea Dental Appliances
Problems like snoring or waking up with headaches can be a sign of a type of sleeping disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.
OSA is usually caused by blockage of your airway, somewhere around the back of your mouth and upper throat. It’s linked to oral tissues like your tongue, tonsils, and soft palate sealing off air flow. Even partial blockage can lower your blood oxygen levels and cause snoring.
Fortunately, sleep apnea is also treatable with a custom oral appliance made by our Tampa dentists.
How Oral Sleep Appliances Work
Instead of wearing a bulky CPAP machine over your face, a dental sleep mouthguard positions your lower jaw in a way that brings it somewhat forward. As such, it prevents your tongue from slipping back against your tonsils, esophagus, and soft palate. The result? A naturally opened airway that allows optimal oxygen intake.
Some of our Tampa sleep appliance users see results and an improved night’s rest as quickly as the first use.
Are All Dental Sleep Aids the Same?
No. We use FDA approved Somnomed sleep appliances for all of our sleep apnea and snoring patients. These custom-fitted devices are made to conform to your unique oral anatomy and adjust as needed. Over the counter or “boil and bite” snore guards sold online won’t be as comfortable, effective, or accurate.
CPAP vs. Oral Sleep Guards
If you’re CPAP intolerant or looking for an alternative treatment for sleep apnea, a Somnomed oral sleep appliance offers big advantages like being:
- Smaller and more discreet
- Easier to travel with
- Simple cleaning and storage
- Noise free
- Ideal for stomach and side sleepers
- Helpful for grinding/bruxism and TMJ issues
Is it Covered by My Insurance?
Our Tampa sleep dentistry team can work with your health insurance carrier to file your appliance against existing medical coverage (if applicable.)
If you have frequent headaches, worn teeth, or snore, then contact the Ideal Dentistry team in Tampa for a sleep apnea consultation today.