Sleep Apnea Treatment in Gillette
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Sleep apnea is a difficult health problem to live with and can be even harder to treat with bulky CPAP equipment. If you’ve been diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, you may have comfortable alternatives through oral appliance therapy.
Ask our Gillette sleep apnea dentists about treatment with customized mouth guards!
Dental Appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea, creates irregular breathing patterns as soft tissue closes over the airway. While CPAP machines push air through the mouth to re-open airways, this treatment isn’t well-tolerated. Sleep apnea mouth guards, however, are light, comfortable, and easy to use.
At Dental Care Center, LLC we provide these appliances to help patients breathe easily while asleep. Drs. Hokanson and Bouzis can recommend this treatment after evaluating your smile during regular dental exams. We also frequently receive referral patients from local ear-nose-throat specialists and even other general dentists in town.
When needed, we provide our patients with a pulse oximetry meter for at-home sleep studies. This allows us to measure overnight oxygen levels and recommend the most effective treatment for your needs. If you’ve been diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, Drs. Bouzis and Hokanson work with your sleep physician to determine if oral appliance therapy may be a suitable alternative for you
Finding the Right Sleep Apnea Appliance
Patients love the comfort offered by sleep apnea dental guards. We provide the following trusted brands to help patients enjoy deep, restful sleep:
The Moses® - This model is open in the front, so you can comfortably close your lips and enjoy a full range of function while wearing the device. The Moses® doesn’t restrict tongue movement, providing additional ease-of-use for patients. We have been offering this device for five years with excellent patient feedback.
TAP® 3 Elite – The TAP brand appliance looks like a clear orthodontic aligner for the top and bottom arches of teeth. This model creates the ideal jaw position with a system that hooks the upper and lower arches together, creating free breathing. Dental Care Center LLC has proudly offered TAP® sleep apnea devices for a decade.
Herbst Appliances – Close in appearance to the TAP® appliance, the Herbst also uses joined trays that are placed over the top and bottom teeth. The mechanism that moves the jaw into the right position is located on the sides of the appliances. Patients can easily move their mouths while keeping the appliance in place.
Your sleep apnea appliance is custom fitted to your smile with a mold taken of your teeth. When you visit our office to have your finished appliance provided, our sleep apnea dentists ensure the fit is comfortable and offer tips for wear and use.
Are you ready for a good night’s sleep? Treatment for sleep-disordered breathing doesn’t have to be complicated. Contact Dental Care Center LLC today for more information about sleep apnea mouth guards in Gillette, WY.