Sleep Matters!

Sleep, our body’s way of healing, repairing, refreshing, resetting and re-energizing. How many of us don’t get the proper amount of sleep each night? How many of us don’t get the quality of sleep we need each night?

How many people have sleep issues such as:

Snoring? Restless sleep? Waking feeling tired? Sleep Apnea?

We may have the solution for you – a SLEEP APPLIANCE!

A sleep appliance is made to fit over your teeth to keep your lower jaw forward allowing your airway to be open more. There are a number of different appliances that can be made. Some lock the jaws together, some allow limited movement and others allow freer movements. We create appliances that allow freer movements. I feel that allowing the lower jaw to move increases the ability for you to adapt to wearing the appliance. If I were to ‘lock’ the jaws together, limiting your movements, I believe this will restrict you and make it more difficult to use. Our appliances are created using a natural, relaxed bite so we can minimize issues once the appliance is removed each morning. If the appliance is made without a natural bite, some people will have a difficult time getting the teeth back together when removed. In these cases, the muscles are overstimulated and when the appliance is removed, the muscles tend to stay overstimulated for some time, leading to difficulty getting the teeth back together. Our appliances are custom made, created to provide the maximum benefit with the least effect on your bite.

Even CPAP users can benefit from a sleep appliance. Anyone who has difficulty keeping the mask on, issues with fitting properly or just an issue with the noise the machine makes, may want to explore whether a sleep appliance will be just as effective. Recent studies suggest that sleep appliances work as well as CPAP.

If you, or someone you know, has sleep issues, please give us a call at 978-343-4031 to schedule a consultation. Visit www.brianmcdowelldds.com for more information.

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