By Progressive Dental Solutions
October 16, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Appliance  

What your Pittsburgh area dentist wants you to know

Do you suffer from sleep apnea or temporomandibular joint issues? If you do, did you know that there are dental appliances available that can help you? It’s true. Your dentist can provide you with a simple, easy-to-wear dental appliance that can help relieve your symptoms.

Dr. Michael Hnat at Progressive Dental Solutions in McMurray, PA, wants to tell you more about dental appliances. He proudly serves residents of McMurray and Pittsburgh, PA, and he can help you too!

If you wake up suddenly, are gasping for breath, and you are tired during the day, you could have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that you shouldn't ignore. A Continuous-Positive-Air-Pressure machine, commonly known as a CPAP, used to be the only way to treat sleep apnea. Many people have found the CPAP difficult and uncomfortable to wear, so they stop using it.

Fortunately, an easier way is available from your dentist. It’s a dental sleep appliance. This device keeps your airway open during the night by positioning your lower jaw and tongue forward. People love the dental appliance because it is comfortable, small, portable, and easy to maintain.

A dental appliance can also help if you suffer from temporomandibular joint problems. The temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ, is a unique joint that opens and closes your jaws. This joint can be displaced, causing friction and wear on the joint. The joint becomes inflamed, resulting in an aching jaw, headaches, earaches, facial pain, and other symptoms.

If your TMJ symptoms become chronic and your TMJ joint becomes damaged, you may progress to temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. To limit TMJ symptoms and prevent TMD, your dentist may recommend dental appliances like night splints or bite guards to cushion your jaws and limit jaw stress.

Today’s dental appliances can help relieve symptoms of sleep apnea and TMJ issues. You can get relief by calling Dr. Michael Hnat at Progressive Dental Solutions, serving residents of McMurray and Pittsburgh, PA. Call today!