Regarding Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea…
There are important considerations before committing to an oral appliance for treating sleep apnea.
- Your teeth must be in good repair, no cavities or broken surfaces
- If you have old fillings that may need replacing in the near future, do it before you get your appliance to ensure a proper fit
- If you have active periodontal (gum) disease, this should be treated or at least stabilized before starting this treatment
- If your teeth are loose due to gum disease, an appliance may worsen this
- You need a minimum number of teeth to support an appliance. Speak with your dentist if you are not sure. Generally, if you can wear partial dentures, you can wear an oral appliance
- If you are a significant gagger, inform your dentist so that the appliance can be modified for this. The Luco Hybrid OSA Appliance is well tolerated by gaggers.
- This is a long term commitment. Do not take this treatment lightly, it will save your life if you follow instructions. This is not dental treatment, it is medical treatment
- It is your responsibility at all times to inform your dentist, your medical doctor and your sleep specialist if your symptoms worsen or this treatment is no longer working for you.
- Your dentist is the best person to decide if you are a candidate for any oral appliance therapy.
We have treated over 5500 patients with TMD and OSA symptoms. In our experience, with excellent home care, most patients can easily wear an OSA appliance without injuring their teeth or supporting structures. OSA appliances are extremely effective in the treatment of sleep apnea, snoring and upper airway resistance syndrome. The Luco Hybrid OSA Appliance is also very effective in treating sleep related bruxism and TMD. As with all dental appliances, you should see your dentist every 6 months for checkups and cleanings. Teeth should last your lifetime.