How Does An Oral Appliance Stop Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) means serious trouble for your health and quality of life, as this disorder prevents you from obtaining good rest each night. In order to stop the issue and restore your quality of life, your Des Moines, IA, dentist may recommend a custom-made sleep appliance. How does an oral appliance help you obtain better sleep?

The Causes of Your OSA

How does a person develop OSA? Well, a number of factors could lead to the onset on the disorder, including neck circumference, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, deviated septum, sinus and allergy issues, and a family history of the disorder. While the issue could impact teens and adults of all genders, men aged 55 and older tend to be more likely to develop sleep apnea. Symptoms of the disorder may include snoring, waking up gasping for air or choking, daytime drowsiness, dry mouth and headaches, trouble staying focused on tasks or staying awake behind the wheel, and moodiness.

The Importance of Treatment

If you encounter one or more of the possible warning signs we discussed above, then let us know right away. Unless stated, sleep apnea could begin to strain your immune system, so you become sick more frequently. In addition, the pressure on your cardiovascular system could increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, and with it, the chances of a heart attack or stroke in your later years. Treatment helps you enjoy a better quality of life, feeling more alert during the day. You also avoid the risk of pretty major complications in later years.

Sleep Appliances

To treat OSA, our team may take detailed impression of your smile to create a custom-made sleep appliance. The device is worn at night as you sleep and fits like a mouthguard. The device then repositions the jaw to keep airways open and prevent the collapse of soft tissues, which could cause you to stop breathing for brief periods, known as apneic episodes. You can also help by avoiding alcohol before bed, sleeping on your side instead of your back, avoiding screens while in bed, and maintaining a regular sleep schedule. If you have any questions about our sleep appliances, or if you think you may need treatment for OSA, then please contact our team today to learn more.


If you have trouble resting, then you may need to see our team about a custom-made sleep appliance. Otherwise, your overall health could suffer! To learn more about our preventive treatment options and better sleep habits, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.