As with anything new, an acclimation period is to be expected. Each person’s experience will be different and unique to them. Always refer back to your Prescribing Professional or referring Dentist for any issues or concerns. Listed below are some common side effects that you may experience, along with some helpful hints on how to overcome them:
- Excess saliva-According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) “Watchful waiting is considered first-line treatment to manage excessive salivation/drooling”, meaning that the excessive saliva will stabilize within a few weeks. The increase in saliva is the body’s response to something new in the mouth and will gradually start to decrease.
- Possible dry mouth or a dry spot in the mouth-If you feel that you can’t work up a good mouthful of saliva, use an over-the-counter saliva substitute or gel, such as Biotene Oral Balance, Oasis orMEDOral Dry Mouth Treatment.
- Soft tissue, gum or tongue irritation–This is another common side effect that usually resolves in a few weeks. You should always refer back to your Prescribing Professional or dentist.There could be slight adjustments that can be made to your O2Vent. Your dentist may also recommend temporarily discontinuing use of the oral appliance for a short time. If these treatment options are insufficient or inappropriate, orthodontic wax may also be considered appropriate.
- Jaw pain–you may need to acclimate to the device over time and build up usage by: Placing the device in your mouth while awake for several hours, gradually increasing time until you better adapt to the product.oUse Tylenol or similar medication to manage any discomfort.
- Tooth tenderness-will reduce over time with the acclimation of several weeks.