When you seek treatment for your sleep apnea, you can reduce your risk for a variety of health conditions, such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension

Through treatment with oral appliance therapy, you can also experience an improvement in daytime alertness, concentration and emotional stability. With that being said, why wouldn’t you want to get treated? The ease of use and easy transport of oral appliance therapy makes this sleep apnea treatment option a good alternative to CPAP therapy. While oral appliance therapy has a list of benefits, let’s take a look at some of the side effects you might experience.

Potential Side Effects

Just like other treatments, when you first begin treatment with oral appliance therapy, there might be a few side effects. Thankfully, these side effects are nothing to worry about and disappear after continued use. At the beginning of your treatment, oral appliance therapy might cause the following minor side effects:

  • Excessive salivation
  • Dry mouth
  • Tooth and jaw discomfort
  • Temporary bite changes

These are minor side effects, and will go away once you become comfortable with treatment—it’s completely normal.

Other Complications

In rare cases, some patients may experience other complications that can be avoided and fixed with proper communication with Dr. Bonnie Foster, our dentist in Warrenton:

  • Jaw pain
  • Permanent changes to your bite
  • TMJ symptoms

If these occur, it is important to contact Dr. Foster to ensure your treatment is beneficial and successful. While oral appliance therapy might cause some minor side effects, they typically go away after frequent use as you become used to your oral appliance.

Contact our office today to learn more about oral appliance therapy and how we can help you find relief from your sleep apnea symptoms.