What are sleep appliances?

Sleep appliances are oral appliances that are used to treat various sleep disorders. In Springfield, Virginia, sleep appliances are used to treat conditions including sleep apnea and bruxism. Similar to a mouthguard, the sleep appliance fits over your teeth. Our caring dentists recommend that wear your sleep appliance at night to improve your health and protect your teeth.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by breathing interruptions during sleep. Caused by airway obstructions during sleep, sleep apnea can result in decreased levels of oxygen in the body and can be potentially life threatening. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, excessive daytime drowsiness, and morning headaches. The sleep appliance works to treat sleep apnea by holding your jaw or tongue in a position that prevents airway obstructions during sleep.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is grinding and clenching of the teeth, which often occurs unconsciously while you sleep. You may suffer from bruxism if you notice worn down or flattened teeth, or if you suffer from tension headaches or jaw pain. The sleep appliance fits over your teeth to prevent teeth grinding and clenching during sleep. A sleep appliance can prevent dental damage and alleviate your symptoms.

We welcome you to call us at Northern Virginia Dental Associates to learn more about the benefits of sleep appliances.