If you have mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea, it is highly possible for your sleep physician to recommend using a sleep apnea appliance during sleep. This appliance is one of the most popular methods of treatment for mild levels of the condition.
However, what most doctors do not tell you is the discomfort caused by these appliances. In a lot of cases, these discomforts are the very reason why the use of this method of treatment is prematurely ended before the prescribed duration.
This is alarming, due to the fact of the risks that can come out of the sleeping condition. If the treatments are prematurely stopped, then more people are going to suffer from the sleeping disorder’s complications.
What Is A Sleep Apnea Appliance?
This appliance is actually a dental mouthpiece. It is custom made by the dentist to securely fit in your mouth. The appliance is similar to the mouthpiece worn by boxers and athletes. The only difference is it is not designed to protect your teeth.
Here are the functions of this special mouthpiece:
1. Prevents the soft tissue on the rear of the mouth from obstructing the airway.
2. Prevents the tongue from obstructing the airway.
In these ways, the appliance has proven to be one of the most effective methods of treating the condition.
Side Effects Of The Appliance
If ask any boxer or athlete, wearing a mouthpiece is difficult and will take a lot of getting use to. Just imagine wearing a mouthpiece at least 8 hours every night.
Here are the side effects:
- The extra weight and unnatural feeling caused by this device will initially cause discomfort
- In most cases, you will not be able to sleep comfortably or not sleep at all, due to this device
2. Jaw Strain
- Wearing this appliance can cause stress or strain on the jaw
3. Jaw Pain
- The strain on the jaw can cause pain upon waking up in the morning
4. Excessive Production Of Saliva
- The device causes an unnatural stimulation of the saliva glands
- This results in the excessive production of saliva
5. Tooth Pain
- The pressing weight and stress put on the teeth while wearing this appliance will cause toot pain
If you plan on purchasing this appliance, you might want to think of the side effects it can cause. Wearing a sleep apnea appliance is not as easy as you might think.
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