Dr. Sarmad Khamas may recommend oral appliance therapy to help improve your oral health and maintain your beautiful smile. Oral appliances are highly versatile and may be used to treat a wide range of dental problems, from teeth grinding to bite problems, TMJ disorders and sleep apnea. We invite you to call Platinum Dental Group at 301-540-4425 to schedule your consultation with our experienced dentist and learn more about oral appliance therapy in Germantown, Maryland.

Oral appliances, or mouth guards, may be used to treat a variety of problems. In many cases, these appliances are worn at night, as this is when many of the issues that lead to tooth damage and other problems with oral and overall health can occur. These night guards are custom-made to fit the mouth perfectly and are designed for specific purposes.

For example, an oral appliance to treat bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, will be designed to protect the teeth from damage. By preventing the teeth from touching during the night, the appliance protects against cracking, fractures and tooth wear. An oral appliance to correct bite problems will provide a similar effect but will also work to improve the bite and ensure that the teeth and jaws develop to fit together properly. Oral appliances are also highly effective in treating TMJ disorders and can improve jaw function and alleviate discomfort.

Our dentist may also recommend an oral appliance to manage sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition and can have a large impact on your overall health and well-being. In fact, sleep apnea is known to contribute to heart disease, stroke, respiratory illness, obesity, memory impairment and many other systemic conditions. It is characterized by pauses and interruptions in breathing. These interruptions occur when the soft tissues of the throat collapse in, blocking the airways and preventing normal breathing. An oral appliance advances the jaw slightly, keeping the airways open so that you can breathe normally at night and get the rest you need.

For more information about the benefits of oral appliance therapy and to schedule a consultation, contact our office today.