Oral appliances are an exciting way to treat your sleep apnea. We want to help you get the most out of your unique oral appliance. Explore this page to find out more about how your sleep apnea treatment can easily and comfortably fit into your lifestyle.
At-Home Care for Your Oral Appliance
Maintaining your oral appliance is easy! Following these steps can keep your oral appliance in good shape and keep your mouth healthy.
Steps for At Home Care
- Your appliance should be cleaned with a soft toothbrush twice a day, typically at the same time you brush your teeth.
- Somnomed appliances should be stored in water during the day when not in use.
- Somnomed appliances benefit from extra cleaning a few times a week using a product like Polident for Partials or Somtabs (Somnomed brand).
- Avoid exposure to extreme heat as this could cause damage to the appliance.
- As a precaution, when you are not wearing your appliance it should be in its storage case. Remember…”in the face or in the case!”
- Keep your oral appliance out of the reach of dogs and small children, both of whom find the oral appliances fascinating and chewy.
Your oral appliance is necessary to help you sleep safely. Investing a few extra minutes to caring for your appliance can keep you sleeping soundly.
Possible Side Effects
Due to the function of an oral appliance, you may experience some temporary side effects such as sore jaw joints/jaw “fatigue,” increased salivation, dry mouth, sore teeth, irritation of the soft tissues in the mouth, or a slight change in your “bite.”
These possible side effects should diminish within an hour of removing the device. If any of these side effects continue or if you experience pain, contact our office right away. We can help make adjustments to keep you comfortable while using your oral appliance.
Preventing Changes in Your Bite
Your “bite” refers to how your teeth fit together. In the morning, when you remove your appliance, you may feel that your bite is off somehow.
We recommend that you do morning exercises to prevent long-term changes in your bite. These exercises include jaw massage, chewing on gum or a chewy granola bar, performing a “thinker’s pose” (rest chin in cup of hands), and the use of a morning repositioner mouthpiece or bite tab.
Morning exercises like these can keep your teeth fitting together in a natural and healthy way. This keeps you comfortable all day long and reduces the likelihood of side effects from your oral appliance therapy.
It’s important to maintain an annual office visit schedule with your oral appliance dentist to ensure that the appliance still fits properly. At these visits, he will check for issues with bite changes and ask you about any recurrent symptoms that you are experiencing.
Following these basic checks, your dentist can also help you make adjustments to keep you healthy while you undergo sleep apnea treatment.
Are You Having Problems with Your Oral Appliance?
Please call our office if you have any questions or concerns at (513) 248-8848. We are happy to help you because we want to help you sleep safely every night!