One of our goals is to provide the most conservative treatment possible in every situation. Oral appliances offer simple, non-invasive care for a variety of conditions. Regardless of the application, every appliance we prescribe is custom-crafted for you with excellent fit and function.
Appliances designed on models of your teeth can be used to fit on either upper or lower teeth, or on both at the same time. Whether we’re treating nighttime sleep grinding, diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, bite problems or jaw joint disorders, appliance therapy may aid our treatment. Dr. Sharma employs a variety of innovative designs depending on treatment goals and your preferences.
Teeth are the hardest substance in our bodies and can withstand a tremendous amount of force. But damage can occur to this highly mineralized surface, especially when grinding forces start to wear it away. A habit of nighttime clenching or grinding will harm teeth, muscles, and jaw joints over time. Protecting against abrasive forces is critical in these cases.
With a carefully calibrated oral appliance to help position your jaw in the right location you can maintain an open airway throughout the entire night. This allows you to breathe like you do during the day, which will keep your blood oxygen levels in a healthy range and give you a healthier and more fulfilling sleep. Oral appliances are generally more tolerable than CPAP systems as well, making it much easier to stick your therapy plan.