Custom-fitted oral appliances may provide just the support you need.
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Oral Dental Appliances
If you have recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or are currently using a CPAP or BiPAP machine and are not satisfied, we recommend a custom oral dental appliance to help you get the proper sleep you need and change your life. Treatment options include dental appliance therapy, nasal CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) or surgery for Sleep Apnea. However, The Alpher Center’s philosophy is to treat without pharmaceuticals or surgery.
In recent clinical studies, physicians and dentists have found that in the majority of Sleep Apnea patients, a well made, individually fitted oral appliance will effectively reduce or eliminate apnea and snoring in most cases.
Oral Appliance Treatment
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Custom-fit oral sleep appliance is an effective treatment that prevents the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position.
Snoring can be easily and successfully treated with an oral appliance that is used when sleeping. For many spouses and families, the response to snoring is to “just deal with it.” No one should have to settle for that approach. Further research demonstrates that the bedmate that doesn’t snore suffers from the same symptoms of sleep deprivation that the snorer does. And the solution for snoring often doesn’t require invasive procedures of any kind. Snorers can be fitted with special oral appliances for snoring that look like orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards. They are usually made from clear acrylics and all have adjustment features. These snoring appliances dilate or open the airways by repositioning the soft palate and stabilizing the lower jaw, tongue and uvula.
Patients who snore loudly are three times more likely to suffer a stroke than people who do not snore.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Treatment
Patients like oral appliance as a treatment because they are:
- Easy to wear
- Convenient for travel
- Easy to care for
Before you receive your oral appliance for snoring, you will be screened and thoroughly evaluated to assess your specific needs. This screening will include:
- Complete medical/dental examination
- Intraoral exam and evaluation of your head, neck, facial area, teeth and supporting structures
- Upper and lower dental impressions, or 3-D screening
- Specialized x-rays to assess whether you are a sleep appliance candidate, and where your airway opens
- Specialized measurement of your throat and nasal airway
For increased athletic performance, a performance mouthpiece could make the difference.
Mouthpieces in sports are most often associated with tooth protection, but now Dr. Elliott Alpher and a select number of specialists in neuromuscular dentistry are fitting athletes with mouthpieces that are actually enhancing athletic performance. Simple in appearance, these performance mouthpieces are the result of extensive clinical analysis and a very complex fitting process.
A performance mouthpiece? How does it work?
Often without even knowing it, athletes have a tendency to clench their jawsduring competitive activities. This constant jaw tension is an energy-drainer and even blocks oxygen intake, which diminishes performance. Through thorough analysis, including sophisticated scans that track jaw movement and motor skills, Dr. Alpher can pinpoint the jaw position at which your facial muscles are most relaxed. The mouthpiece, which resembles their protective cousins, actually shift the jaw forward to this relaxed position and allows increased airflow.
Who can benefit from a performance mouthpiece?
Football players, golfers, baseball players, weightlifters and athletes in virtually every sport. The innovative new technology of these athletic mouthpieces may also have positive applications in dentistry, medicine, the military, industry and education.
How to get started
It all starts with a phone call or email to The Alpher Center. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about the performance mouthpiece technology and discuss next steps. Call 202.223.4564