Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common condition in both children and adults. At Dental Distinction in Plano, Texas, Mohammed Mansour, DDS, BDS, MS, and his team provide custom-made night guards and snore guards for sleep apnea. These oral appliances keep your mouth in the correct position to improve airflow and help you sleep soundly through the night. For a custom night guard and snore guard, call Dental Distinction or schedule an appointment online today.
Night guards and snore guards are oral appliances that fit over your teeth to treat sleep apnea, snoring, teeth grinding, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Many of these devices gently push your jaw forward or depress your tongue to open your airway. Others stop your teeth from grinding together to prevent tooth erosion.
Dr. Mansour specializes in creating night guards and snore guards for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a condition in which the muscles at the back of the throat relax during sleep, causing the tissues to collapse, temporarily blocking your airways. When you have sleep apnea, you can repeatedly stop breathing hundreds of times during the night.
Loud snoring is the most common sign of sleep apnea. Many people don’t realize they have sleep apnea until a partner or roommate mentions their snoring or paused breathing. Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Other common disorders that night guards treat include:
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, occurs when you grind your teeth during sleep. A night guard provides a barrier between your teeth to prevent tooth pain, tooth damage, headaches, and more.
TMJ is a disorder in which the temporomandibular joints on either side of your jaw become damaged or strained. Night guards hold your jaw in the correct position to relieve pressure from these joints.
There are many types of night guards for sleep apnea and snoring, but the two most common are:
A MAD is a custom-made oral appliance that gently pulls your lower jaw forward while you sleep. The device prevents the tissues at the back of your throat from collapsing, so it can’t disrupt your breathing.
A MAD is an effective alternative to a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine — a device that continuously blows air into your airway through a mask.
Tongue stabilizing devices are splints that depress your tongue while you sleep to prevent it from blocking your airway. TSAs can help minimize loud snoring from sleep apnea.
To learn more, call Dental Distinction or schedule an appointment online today.