Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) has emerged as a leading solution for those suffering from sleep apnea and snoring. At Massa Dental Center, we understand the importance of ensuring that our patients not only receive the best treatment but also know how to care for their appliances. Here’s a comprehensive guide on maintaining your oral appliance to ensure its longevity and effectiveness.

Daily Cleaning

Just like your teeth, your oral appliance needs daily cleaning. Use a soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste or a cleaner specifically designed for dental appliances. This will prevent any build-up of bacteria and plaque.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Avoid bleach or other abrasive cleaning agents, as they can damage the appliance. Instead, use mild dish soap or cleaners specifically designed for oral devices.

Rinse and Dry

After cleaning, rinse the appliance thoroughly with cool water. Allow it to air dry completely before placing it back in its case. This prevents bacterial growth.

Regular Dental Check-ups

Bring your oral appliance to your regular dental check-ups. We can inspect it for any signs of wear and tear and ensure it’s still fitting correctly.

Store Safely

When not in use, store your appliance in its provided case. This will protect it from any potential damage and keep it clean. Avoid leaving it in direct sunlight or in extreme temperatures, like the glove compartment of your car, during a hot Naples day.

Avoid Altering the Appliance

Never attempt to adjust or repair your oral appliance on your own. If you feel it’s not fitting correctly or is damaged, contact us immediately.

Regular Replacement

Just like any dental device, your oral appliance won’t last forever. Depending on wear and tear and with consistent use, you might need a replacement every few years. We’ll monitor its condition during your regular visits.

Address Discomfort Promptly

While some initial discomfort is normal as you adjust to wearing the appliance, persistent pain or irritation isn’t. If you experience prolonged discomfort, reach out to us. We’re here to ensure your treatment is both effective and comfortable.

Nightly Routine

Make wearing your oral appliance a part of your nightly routine. Just as you wouldn’t skip brushing your teeth before bed, don’t forget to wear your device every night.

Educate Yourself

Understanding the importance of your treatment can motivate you to take better care of your appliance. Remember, untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues, including heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. By taking care of your oral appliance, you’re investing in your overall health!

We’re Here for You!

Your journey to better sleep and improved health is a collaborative effort. We’re here to support you every step of the way. If you have questions about your oral appliance or any other concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out. Schedule an appointment or call us today at (239) 597-7333. Your well-being is our top priority, and we’re proud to serve the Naples community with dedication and care.