Possible Side Effects of Oral Appliance
There are several temporary side effects that are
usually most noticeable during the initial week or
so. At Louisville Dental Sleep Medicine we make the
first follow-up appointment at 1-2 weeks from initial
delivery to address these issues early.
-Tension or tightness in the jaw muscles
-Excess saliva or the opposite, dry mouth
-Temporary change in bite feel when appliance
is first removed
The goal of treatment at The Orofacial Pain Center
is maximum effect with maximum comfort. We include
90 days of follow-up with our charges so that we can
adjust anything about the appliance that is needed
to get to that goal.
Ongoing research shows that some change bringing lower
teeth forward in relation to the upper teeth may occur
over time. Whether this may be a favorable change or
not depends on the starting point for each patient.
The Orofacial Pain Center’s patients have shown only
very minor changes to date, but we remain very alert
to tracking the potential. After your initial 90 day
period, you will be on either a 6 or 12 month check
schedule to help us with this as well as monitor the
continuing effectiveness of the appliance.
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