Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea Specialist

Many people who suffer from sleep apnea seek a dental solution today. Dr. John Dean, a dentist at Dean Dental Solutions in North Little Rock, AR, offers devices that can help.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What Is a Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance?

First of all, sleep apnea is a medical condition and we can use an oral appliance vs a sleep lab. The oral appliance  is made from plastic or silicone. It is placed in the mouth while sleeping so that it can hold the mouth in a position that allows for improved breathing. There are several different types of oral appliances that can help, and the dentist can help each patient determine what will work best for them. This type of appliance is often highly successful in reducing or preventing sleep apnea.

Once we receive the appliance back, an actual medical doctor will complete an analysis and provide a recommendation.

Who Is a Good Candidate for an Oral Appliance?

Anyone who snores and wake up not well rested may be an excellent candidate for sleep apnea treatment using an oral appliance. The appliance tends to work best in people who have most of their sleep interruptions while they are on their backs. Also, statistics show that 50% of people with high blood pressure or diabetes and 75% of those with fibromyalgia have sleep apnea.

How Is a Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Fitted?

Although there are sleep apnea appliances that are “one size fits all,” those do not tend to work nearly as well as custom appliances. Having a custom-fitted oral appliance means that there is a much lower chance of the oral appliance falling out or shifting while the patient is sleeping.

Which Oral Appliances Does Dean Dental Solutions Offer?

There are three options in oral appliances today. The EMA oral appliance treats snoring and obstructive sleep apnea noninvasively. It advances the mandible and opens the bite for better airflow. The EMA won’t interfere with breathing through the mouth, even if the patient is congested. The TAP oral appliance treats snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It is often used as an alternative to CPAP machines and even surgery. The Herbst oral appliance moves the lower jaw forward to correct the bite. It may be used along with braces, and is often used for sleep apnea and snoring. This appliance is often used in young patients and is attached to the molars.