Oral Appliance Therapy Doctors in Long Island & NYC
What is oral appliance therapy (OAT)?
Oral appliance therapy, also known as OAT, involves wearing a dental device or mouthpiece while you are sleeping to help alleviate snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance looks similar to a mouth guard and can be used to hold your tongue or jaw in place and stop your airway from being blocked.
Why is oral appliance therapy used?
What does oral appliance therapy involve?
Oral appliance therapy involves a custom fitting by a dental sleep specialist. Once the device is fitted, it can be worn at night to help control your snoring or sleep apnea. Although there are many types of oral devices, they often fall within the following categories:
- Mandibular advancement device involves slightly repositioning your lower jaw to help your airway remain open as you sleep.
- Tongue retaining device involves placing your tongue into a soft plastic oral device that gently holds your tongue outside of your mouth to help keep your airway open and allow you to breathe through your nose.
What are the benefits of using oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy can help restore your quality of sleep by alleviating snoring and sleep apnea. By treating sleep apnea, you can also help lower your risk of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Other benefits of oral appliance therapy include:
- Restored daily energy
- Improved well-being
- Simple to use
- Easy to carry
If you or a loved one is interested in oral appliance therapy, a consultation with a dental sleep specialist can help you be on your way towards achieving a better night’s rest. The dental sleep specialists at Dental365Sleep offer modern treatment solutions with high-quality care and appointment availability seven days a week for maximum convenience. Call 844.365.DENTAL or click the appointment request button to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the benefits of oral appliance therapy.