Blevins Dentistry

Oral Appliance Therapy

Mullins SC Dentist Office

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Dr. Blevins offers oral appliance therapy for those with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. That way, you can breathe easier and enjoy a good night’s sleep. As an added bonus, oral appliance therapy is often able to reduce or eliminate snoring.

Here’s what you need to know about oral appliance therapy.

CPAP Machine vs. Oral Appliance Therapy

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Many patients with obstructive sleep apnea benefit from a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine. But it’s important to remember that all patients are different.

Oral appliance therapy is only effective for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. If you have more serious symptoms, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with your family physician.

Unlike a CPAP mask, oral appliance therapy is much less intrusive and comfortable to wear while you sleep. In fact, the appliance is similar to a sports mouth guard. During your appointment, Dr. Blevins will make sure that the custom appliance fits comfortably so you can enjoy a restful sleep.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea can stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night. That’s why it’s important to reach out to our office if you suspect that something is wrong with your oral health.

Call our office if you experience any of the following:

  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Waking up suddenly while choking, snorting, or gasping
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Nighttime sweating
  • Episodes where someone else observed you stop breathing while sleeping

Certain factors will also increase your risk of obstructive sleep apnea, such as being a man over the age of 40. Other factors include large neck size, a family history of sleep apnea, and being overweight. To learn more about your risk factors, call our office to schedule a consultation with our Mullins dentist.

Request an Appointment With Us

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that requires effective, timely treatment. If you suspect you or a loved one has obstructive sleep apnea, call our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Blevins and his team would be more than happy to help!

To request an appointment with our family dentist in Mullins, SC, call Blevins Dentistry at (843) 561-4039.

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