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How to Care for Your Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance

December 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drromack @ 3:47 am

Oral appliance on black backgroundAn oral appliance is a popular alternative to a CPAP because it’s less bothersome and more convenient. It’s an effective solution for patients with mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The custom-fit device positions your jaw and tongue to prevent obstructions in your upper airway. An oral appliance can improve your symptoms by over 95%. You won’t have to worry about cleaning any hoses or masks; however, you must care for your oral appliance. A good cleaning routine is important for your overall wellness and getting the most from your oral appliance. 

Caring for an Oral Appliance

Your mouth is home to hundreds of bacteria species. Some species are important for healthy teeth and gums, but other types can be harmful. Plaque harbors bacteria and can build up on your oral appliance. Not only can this lead to unpleasant odors, but it can also affect your dental health and damage your appliance over time.

It’s best to brush and floss your teeth before putting your oral appliance in your mouth. This will prevent bacteria from being trapped between your teeth and the appliance during the night. When you get up in the morning, clean your appliance during your regular oral hygiene routine.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your appliance. Don’t use toothpaste or abrasive products because they can scratch the device. Instead, use a mild hand soap or dishwashing liquid. Don’t expose your appliance to hot water because it can cause it to warp. Besides brushing your device, soak your appliance in a denture solution for no more than 15 minutes. 

Finally, let your appliance air dry before putting it in its storage case. Closing the case while your appliance is still wet can lead to bacteria growth. Don’t forget to clean your storage case daily.

Ensure Your Oral Appliance Lasts

With good care at home, your oral appliance can last for many years. Bring your appliance with you to your routine dental appointments for cleanings and checkups. Your dentist will check your device to ensure it’s functioning as intended and undamaged. They’ll also give it a good cleaning to protect your dental health and prevent unwanted odors.

A better night’s rest is possible with an oral appliance. Invest in your sleep quality by keeping your appliance clean and committing to nightly use.

About Dr. Deborah A. Romack

Dr. Romack is a graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry and has continued her education in various specialties, like orthodontics, TMJ disorders, and sleep dentistry. She regularly pursues advanced training in snoring, airway obstructions, and sleep apnea to provide the most up-to-date treatments, like oral appliances. She strives to improve each patient’s quality of life. Contact her office at (817) 646-3084 to schedule an appointment.

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