ORAL APPLIANCES

One of our goals at Vital Dental is to provide the most conservative treatment possible in every situation. Oral appliances offer simple, non-invasive treatment for a variety of conditions. Regardless of the application, every appliance we prescribe is custom-crafted just for you.

Whether we’re treating nighttime sleep grinding, a diagnosed case of obstructive sleep apnea, bite problems, or other jaw joint disorders, appliance therapy may be a valuable complement to your treatment. Vital Dental uses a variety of innovative designs depending on treatment goals and your preferences.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

We’re concerned about the overall health of our patients, including sleep health. Many people suffer needlessly from disruptive sleep disorders that keep them from getting enough oxygen at night. The risk of a heart attack is 23 times more likely than average with a sleep disorder, and 92% of stroke victims live unknowingly with apnea before having a stroke.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth are the hardest substance in our bodies and can withstand a tremendous amount of force. But damage can occur, especially when grinding forces start to wear it away. A habit of nighttime clenching or grinding will harm teeth, muscles, and jaw joints over time. Protecting against abrasive forces is critical.

Teeth Grinding

Frequently Asked Questions

What are oral appliances in dentistry?

Oral appliances are devices designed to treat various dental and sleep-related issues. They can include mouthguards, snoring appliances, and devices for managing conditions like bruxism or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

How do oral appliances help with snoring and sleep apnea?

Oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea work by repositioning the jaw or tongue to keep the airway open during sleep. They are often recommended for individuals who cannot tolerate or prefer alternatives to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

What is the process for obtaining a custom oral appliance?

To get a custom oral appliance, your dentist will take impressions or digital scans of your teeth and create a personalized device tailored to your oral anatomy. Regular follow-ups may be necessary to adjust the appliance for optimal effectiveness.

Can oral appliances be used for teeth grinding (bruxism)?

Yes, oral appliances can be used to manage teeth grinding (bruxism). These devices create a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing wear and tear and reducing the impact of grinding.

Are there different types of oral appliances for TMJ disorders?

Yes, oral appliances for TMJ disorders come in various types, including splints, mouthguards, and mandibular repositioning devices. The choice depends on the specific TMJ issues and the dentist’s recommendations.

How long does it take to get used to wearing an oral appliance for sleep-related issues?

The adjustment period varies for individuals, but most people adapt to wearing oral appliances for sleep-related issues within a few weeks. Regular use is essential for maximum effectiveness.

Can oral appliances be used for children with sleep-related issues?

Oral appliances for sleep-related issues in children are less common and are typically considered after other options have been explored. Consult with a pediatric dentist or sleep specialist for appropriate guidance.

Do oral appliances require special care and maintenance?

Yes, oral appliances require regular care and maintenance. It’s essential to clean them according to the dentist’s instructions, store them properly, and attend follow-up appointments for adjustments or replacements as needed.

Are oral appliances covered by dental insurance?

The coverage for oral appliances by dental insurance varies. It’s recommended to check with your insurance provider to understand the extent of coverage for specific devices and treatments.

 Can I continue using an oral appliance if I have dental work, like crowns or bridges?

In most cases, oral appliances can be adjusted to accommodate dental work like crowns or bridges. Your dentist will assess the compatibility and make necessary modifications to ensure a proper fit.

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