Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral Appliance Therapy in Bellaire, Texas, and the surrounding areas of Houston Galleria, West University Place, River Oaks, and Meyerland, Texas.
Many people wear oral appliances at some point in their lives. A dental appliance is any artificial apparatus designed to protect, repair, or replace the teeth. Some dental appliances are temporary and removable, where as others are permanent and fixated within the mouth. Professionally-produced oral appliances are designed to be minimally obtrusive and easy to wear. Guards can be used to:
- reduce snoring
- correct sleep apnea obstructive episodes
- protect during sports
- manage risks to teeth for those who grind and/or clench their teeth
- improve sleep patterns
- correct the inter-jaw relationship
Because there are many different reasons for a custom mouth guard, it only makes sense that a slightly different design is need to achieve the desirable outcome and comfort for each patient. Dr. Madden is a leading expert for diagnosing the source if the problem and create custom plans to create health and eliminate painful risks.
Did you know…
that dental appliance wear often begins at a young age? Children may be fitted for dental mouth guards, braces, retainers, or even spacers all before they reach adolescence. But appliances aren’t just for kids – adults can now enjoy discreet braces and retainers, as well as natural-looking restorations for damaged or missing teeth. Custom-fitted occlusal guards are also common among patients of all ages to treat nighttime tooth grinding, bruxism, TMJ, snoring, and even sleep apnea.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be professionally fit for an oral appliance from my Houston family dentist?
Yes. Only Dr. Madden and her dental lab can deliver custom-fit that produces optimal protection and results. Although some appliances like sports and nighttime mouth guards are available for purchase over-the-counter, they are not custom-fit to meet a patient’s needs. If you think you may need an oral appliance, see Dr. Madden for a personalized dental apparatus that will help you achieve your oral health goals.
What should I expect when being fit for an oral appliance from Dr. Madden at Madden Dental in Bellaire, Texas?
Your experience will vary according to the type of appliance you are being fitted for. However, nearly all oral appliances require that your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and bite to ensure an exact fit. Your impression may be sent to a dental lab for professional fabrication. Once your appliance is ready, you’ll return to Madden Dental for a final fitting.
Will I need to follow any special instructions concerning my new oral appliance?
Possibly. Dr. Madden will instruct you on how to care for your device, including how to store removable appliances and how frequently to wear them. If your appliance is fixed in your mouth, you may need to follow special dietary guidelines to avoid hard or sticky foods. Any new appliance takes time to adapt to, but be sure to notify Dr. Madden if your new oral appliance is painful or uncomfortable to wear within a week of delivery to guarantee a warranty. As always, be sure to floss and brush twice daily, and continue to visit Madden Dental in Houston, Texas and surrounding areas for routine cleanings and exams twice each year.