Oral Sleep Appliances

Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Leesburg, VA

When you have issues breathing, you may benefit from oral sleep devices that can improve your sleep quality and sleep apnea. At Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Leesburg, Virginia, Haidy Messih, DDS, and Basma Armanious, DMD, offer several oral sleep appliances to help you achieve better quality sleep. Call the office or request a consultation online to learn more about your sleep appliance options.

Oral Sleep Appliances Q & A

What are oral sleep appliances?

Oral sleep appliances are oral devices that can help improve your quality of sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) prevents you from getting the sleep you need to restore your body and wake up feeling refreshed, it can also cause other problems which may affect your overall health.

Sleep apnea can increase your risk for:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

 

The doctors at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry understand the importance of having good sleep for your overall health as well as preventing oral health problems so you can maintain your beautiful smile.

When might I need sleep appliances?

You might need sleep appliances if you have a sleep condition that affects your daily life.

Some conditions that may benefit from sleep appliances include:

Excessive sleepiness
Excessive sleepiness is often a symptom of an underlying health problem, such as insomnia or sleep apnea. But poor quality sleep at night and daytime sleepiness can also be caused by using certain medications or lifestyle habits, like alcohol consumption and smoking.

Snoring
Your muscles relax when you sleep, allowing the tissues at the back of your mouth and around your throat to collapse and fall into your airway. As you breathe, tissues within the airway start to vibrate, causing you to snore.

Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea causes structural changes in your mouth and throat when you sleep (relax), closing off your airway and limiting the space that air can pass through. As a result, you may also have snoring.

Insomnia
Insomnia is a common condition that affects many adults. When people have insomnia, they have difficulty falling and staying asleep. They may also wake up early and can’t go back to sleep. This may lead to extreme fatigue during the day.

Teeth grinding
Chronic teeth grinding can affect your teeth, gums, and jaw. It can cause enamel to wear down, jaw pain, and even lead to gum recession.

How can oral sleep appliances help me?

Sleep appliances can help treat your sleep-related oral problems. The doctors at Loudon Family and Cosmetic Dentistry work with you to determine the best sleep appliance option for you.

If you have snoring problems or sleep apnea (and have excessive sleepiness and insomnia as a result), they may recommend sleep appliance therapy like mandibular advancement devices (MADs) or tongue stabilizing devices (TSDs).

MADs can move your jaw slightly forward, while TSDs can create a wider space between your tongue and the back of your throat.

When you have teeth grinding, you may benefit from a customized mouth guard, which helps to cushion your teeth and prevent grinding.

If you’re ready to find better rest with sleep appliances, call Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry or request an appointment online to learn about their options.