Nocturnal orthotics are specialized dental appliances worn at night while you are sleeping. These appliances are worn over one or both arches of teeth in order to properly position the jaw joint and facial structures while you sleep. Park City Dental offers nocturnal orthotics to treat sleep breathing disorders such as sleep apnea, as well as TMD caused by teeth grinding or clenching.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
Park City Dental uses the Vivos system to treat sleep apnea, snoring, and sleep disordered breathing in adults. The Vivos system uses trained dentists that coordinate with board-certified medical doctors to properly diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
TMD can be managed through the use of a custom fabricated nocturnal orthotic that is designed to position the jaw in such a way that the muscles are relaxed and comfortable. This position also prevents behaviors such as teeth grinding and clenching, which can make TMD worse.
Did You Know?
Nocturnal orthotics offer patients with obstructive sleep apnea and/or TMD an all-natural, non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, and pain-free treatment approach.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for nocturnal orthotics?
You may be a candidate for nocturnal orthotics if you are affected by obstructive sleep apnea, bruxism, or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Since all of these conditions occur at night, they can cause daytime sleepiness, problems with concentration, depression and anxiety, and even chronic pain. However, each disorder has its own set of symptoms and will need to be diagnosed by an experienced dentist and possibly a medical professional. To find out if nocturnal orthotics are right for you, schedule a consultation with Park City Dental today.
What can I expect when receiving nocturnal orthotic therapy from Park City Dental?
When receiving nocturnal orthotic therapy from Park City Dental, you can expect to have a dental impression or oral scan of your mouth taken and used to fabricate a custom dental appliance. In most cases, you can expect to wear this appliance every night while you sleep to prevent symptoms associated with sleep apnea or TMD. When undergoing orthotic therapy under the Vivos system, you may only need to wear your nocturnal orthotic for 12-24 months.
How do I care for my nocturnal orthotic?
Our doctor will provide you with information on how to care for your specific nocturnal appliance. In most cases, caring for your appliance will consist of cleaning it daily, practicing good oral hygiene, and storing your appliance in its protective case when it is not in use. You may also need to avoid certain activities to prevent the appliance from becoming damaged.