Oral Appliance Therapy In Kinston, NC

Carlyle Dental offers oral appliance therapy for residents living in Kinston, Goldsboro, Greenville and the surrounding areas of North Carolina.

Oral appliances in Kinston, NC and Greenville, NC are very similar to orthodontic appliances or sports guard mouth protectors. They are worn during sleep to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissue against the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep. A doctor can help you decide which type of oral appliance is right for you. 

Types of Oral Appliances

Currently there are over 80 different types of dental devices for snoring and sleep apnea. Although this seems like a large number, each appliance falls into one of two categories. Tongue Retaining Appliances directly hold the tongue in a forward position to stop the back of the tongue from collapsing during sleep and obstructing the airway. Mandibular Repositioning Appliances, the most popular type, reposition and maintain the lower jaw (mandible) in a protruded position during sleep. This opens the airway by indirectly pulling the tongue forward. 

How Do Oral Appliances Work?

Oral appliances work by repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula; by stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue; or by increasing the muscle tone of the tongue.

Treatment of sleep apnea requires a team approach. A dentist can treat sleep apnea but, because of limits of licensure, can’t diagnose the problem. After you have been diagnosed by a physician, our office, through education and training, will determine which type of oral appliance is best for your specific dental and medical condition. The office of Dr. Carlyle will work closely with your physician in your diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care. Oral appliance therapy can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to complete. 

Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy in Kinston, NC and Greenville, NC

Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear. Most people find that it only takes a couple of weeks to become acclimated to wearing the appliance. Oral appliances are small and convenient, making them easy to carry when traveling, and treatment with oral appliances is reversible and non-invasive.

How Much Does Oral Appliance Therapy Cost in Kinston, NC?

The cost for oral appliance therapy depends on the extent of treatment necessary. We accept cash, MasterCard, Visa, and personal checks. Insurance is accepted, and we also have financing available through CareCredit® and Compassionate Healthcare Services®.

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