So, a friend of yours came to see us and mentioned that she needs oral appliance therapy. What’s that for? you may wonder to yourself, and might I need it someday? It’s entirely possible that you may be able to take advantage of this preventive treatment if you’re dealing with a functional disorder. Consider the reasons we suggest this noninvasive and very comfortable therapy option, so you have a better understanding of whether it may be something you’ll need in the future (or as soon as possible!).
#1: If You Suffer From TMJ Disorder
One reason you might need to receive oral appliance therapy (Note: This just means you’ll wear one of a variety of comfortable mouthguards) is if you suffer from TMJ disorder. This is the issue that causes your jaw joints (TMJs) to experience problems with working correctly and smoothly. The appliance can optimize the position of your jaw while you sleep to offer improvement and protection from damage.
#2: When You Deal With Bruxism Disorder
Bruxism is something we can treat with oral appliance therapy, as well. In this case, you might be pressing your teeth together chronically (this is clenching) or scraping them back and forth across one another (this is grinding). The guard prevents these motions and the consequences of them, while you sleep.
#3: If You Need Treatment For Sleep Apnea
Last but certainly not least is oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea disorder. The position of your jaw while you sleep may encourage soft tissues to collapse in toward your throat (which contributes to obstructed breathing). An appliance can help prevent this blockage.
Receive Essential Oral Appliance Therapy For Functional Disorders
If you suffer from TMD, bruxism, or sleep apnea, we offer noninvasive oral appliance therapy to help you reclaim your oral health. Call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We proudly serve patients and their families from Cleveland, Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Livingston, Huffman, and all surrounding communities.