Oral Appliances & Sleep Apnea Treatment
Night Guards & Sleep Appliances
Most people who grind their teeth are unaware that they are doing it. Chronic grinding of the teeth is often an unconscious manifestation of stress, affecting people when they are awake and when they are asleep. For these patients, the use of an oral bite splint may be the ideal solution to their TMJ dysfunction.
We specialized in the following bite splints:
- Anterior Deprogrammers: for acute pain, only the front teeth touch thus relieving pressure on the joint. This will cause pain to subside so that a more permanent splint may be fabricated.
- B-Splint: like an anterior deprogrammer in that only the front teeth contact, but it is a full splint on the lower and upper as to not cause teeth to shift
- Mandibular Splint*: a lower bite splint giving the patient a perfect bite and keeping the jaw in its most relaxed position.
*Dr. Siachos’s preferred oral appliance to treat bruxism and TMD.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a common but serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops as you sleep. Although sleep apnea is treatable, it often goes undiagnosed.
In untreated sleep apnea, breathing is interrupted by pauses lasting typically between 10 and 20 seconds, but sometimes lasting as long as 60 seconds. These pauses can occur hundreds of times throughout each night, resulting in disrupted sleep rhythm. As a result, people with sleep apnea get more light sleep and less deep, restorative sleep. This reduced sleep results in daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes, poor concentration and an increased risk of accidents. Serious health problems can result from continued sleep apnea including diabetes, weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
With proper treatment, the symptoms of sleep apnea can be controlled and you can get your sleep back on track. The Thornton Adjustable Positioner® (TAP®) is a simple, patient-friendly treatment solution for snoring and sleep apnea. The TAP® holds the lower jaw and associated tissues in a forward position so that it does not fall open during the night and cause the airway to collapse. It maintains a clear airway to reduce snoring and improve breathing.
The unique design allows the patient to fine-tune his/her treatment at home and work with the clinician to achieve the best results. Patients are empowered to manage the degree of lower jaw protrusion over as many nights as it takes to achieve the optimal treatment position. The TAP has a single point of central adjustment, which prevents uneven bilateral adjustment that can create an irregular bite and discomfort.
The TAP has a very high success rate in moderate to minor sleep apnea cases. It is the key to a snore-free, restful night of sleep. The TAP also treats sleep apnea without the need for surgery, a mask, or medication. The TAP is recognized as the market leader in oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea and is currently prescribed by over 7,000 dentists worldwide to treat snoring and sleep apnea. In addition, it is the most researched oral appliances on the market with over 30 independent peer reviewed published studies. A simple dental examination is necessary to know if the patient will be able to use an oral appliance.
Why patients like the TAP Appliance:
- Comfortable, custom fit
- Durable construction
- Easy to use
- Adjustable while in the mouth
- Smaller than other oral appliances
- Convenient for travel
- No masks or straps involved
Note: The CPAP mask is still the most effective way of treating sleep apnea. The TAP Appliance give patients another option for those who cannot or do not want to wear the CPAP.