Sleep orthotics, or orthotic stents, are custom-fitted appliances you wear in your mouth to reposition your mouth and jaw. Sleep orthotics offer a variety of benefits, including improved sleep and a better overall quality of life.
Dr. Sedghizadeh has many years of experience in this field and uses the latest advances in cutting-edge technology and procedures.
Signs and symptoms often linked with sleep apnea include:
- Daytime tiredness
- Problems falling asleep or staying asleep
- Morning dry mouth
- Loud snoring
- Episodes of stopped breathing during sleep
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Morning headache
Sleep apnea and fatigue associated with it can increase your risk of work-related accidents, auto accidents, and more. Importantly, sleep apnea is associated with cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and heart attacks, so treating sleep apnea can help prevent such adverse sequelae.
These are some of the many benefits you can experience with improved sleep because of sleep orthotics:
- Less snoring
- Better breathing
- Improved sleep quality
- Less daytime fatigue
- Better concentration at work or school
- Improved quality of life
- Less teeth grinding
- More energy
- Reduced jaw clenching
- Diminished jaw pain
- Fewer morning headaches
Sleep orthotics also reduce your risk of developing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and the pain associated with it.
To find out if you’re a candidate for sleep orthotics, Dr. Sedghizadeh discusses your oral health history and symptoms. He evaluates your mouth, throat, breathing, and more. If you have a sleep apnea diagnosis from your doctor or experience other sleeping issues, sleep orthotics or orthotic stents might be the solution for you.
Your doctor may suggest you undergo a sleep study at a center or complete an at-home sleep study before making a final diagnosis.
To get fitted for sleep orthotics at Oral Medicine & Pathology Center, Dr. Sedghizadeh takes a mold of your teeth and mouth or digitally scans your mouth, allowing a dental lab to develop a custom sleep appliance that fits perfectly.
Wear sleep orthotics each night when you sleep as directed by Dr. Sedghizadeh, and take the appliances out when you wake up in the morning. He can make changes to your treatment regimen as needed to maximize sleep quality and your overall quality of life.
To learn more about sleep orthotics and find out if they’re right for you, call the Oral Medicine & Pathology Center office or schedule an appointment online today.