New Sleep And Snore Device Offers Improvements

A new sleep and snore device called a MicrO2 was introduced nearly a year ago and it offers several significant improvements over appliances which have been most commonly prescribed in the recent past. This appliance is used to treat patients who have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as well as primary snoring.  We have been offering this appliance for the past few months and feel very positive about several of its features.

sleep and snore device

This product is similar to its predecessors in that it repositions the lower jaw in a downward and forward direction in order to maintain an open airway. As the jaw moves down and forward, the tongue and soft tissue at the back of the throat are also pulled forward so that they cannot fall back into the airway thus blocking the flow of air.   One of the major improvements of this appliance is that its intrusion into the tongue space is minimized.  Older appliances are more bulky in areas adjacent to the tongue and have a tendency to force the tongue further back into the airway – a counterproductive byproduct of older appliances.  By minimizing encroachment into the tongue space, less forward movement of the jaw is required to gain the same benefits. As a result, the appliance is more comfortable to wear and potentially more efficient in treating the primary cause of snoring and sleep apnea.

sleep and snore device

Similarly, because this appliance is milled from a different material, its thickness or bulkiness, if you will, is much less than that of its predecessors making it more comfortable to wear while not compromising its durability.  In addition, it has no movable parts like the adjustment screws in other similar appliances. As a result, the possibility of improper adjustment by the patient is eliminated and the appliance is further streamlined.

Another benefit of being digitally milled is that replacements as well as additional appliances for different jaw positions can be milled without the need for additional impressions. If an appliance should break or be lost, a replacement can easily be ordered from the laboratory at a reasonable cost with just a phone call. These appliances have a two-year warranty and are approved by the FDA.  And, did I mention that its cost is slightly LESS than previous such appliances?

Side effects which may be experienced by wearing these appliances remain the same as previous models. There may be gum or tooth soreness, which is easily adjusted and resolved by the dentist.  There may be an increase or decrease in salivation during the first few weeks of wearing the new appliance. These symptoms usually resolve by themselves within a couple of weeks. There may be jaw soreness or tightness especially when first placing the appliance; and, again, this symptom is usually temporary. On awakening in the morning, the bite will have changed overnight and generally resolves within an hour by gently squeezing the back teeth together. As with all procedures, if there are any issues, a call to the dentist will generally resolve the problem.

If you have any questions about the MicrO2 device please feel free to call our office at 908.359.6655 or via our website at www.DesignsForDentalHealth.com.

Don’t Like Flossing? Here are Some Helpful Ideas

We know that some of you don’t like flossing. You may be surprised to hear us say, we understand!” Flossing each day can be difficult. Perhaps you have sensitive gums, your mouth is small, or you feel like floss wrapped around your fingers cuts off your circulation. There are lots of seemingly good reasons not to floss, and as you can imagine, we’ve heard them all.

What if we told you that there are several options available that can make flossing easier?

Many, Many Varieties Of Floss

flossingTry ribbon-style floss instead of thread-style. Try waxed versus unwaxed. Try one that’s specially designed to glide easily. Try a different thickness, or a different flavor. The type of floss you use doesn’t matter nearly as much as the fact you’re doing it!  Take a look at our post from October 3- These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things to see what our favorite floss is!

Consider Tools Like Flossers And Flossing Sticks

After trying several of the various options suggested above, if no brand or particular type of floss seems to be doing the trick for you, look into other tools that are designed to help.

flossingFlossers and floss sticks eliminate the need to wrap floss around your fingers. These tools can also make it easier to reach back teeth without having to stick your hands in your mouth. They can also help you more easily maneuver the floss for better coverage.

 

The are many different tools and many different brands available to try. The most important thing is that you floss!  Watch these two videos to show two different tools that can be used for flossing; one for everyone and one for kids!

For Everyone

 

For Kids

Never Underestimate The Value Of Flossing!

Flossing is an essential part of effective, daily oral hygiene care. Flossing helps guard against gum disease, the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. In addition to the woes of gum disease, studies suggest that gum health is linked to systemic health issues including diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Make Flossing A Daily Priority

If you have questions about how to make flossing easier, please let us know at your next appointment. We want to help you maintain and improve your dental health!

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

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