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Oral Appliance Therapy

Some dental conditions and sporting activities can put your oral and overall health at risk.

Oral appliances can protect your teeth, reduce the symptoms of TMJ disorder, and improve breathing in patients with sleep apnea.

At Star City Dental in El Paso, TX, Dr. Juan M. Gonzalez can fit you with a custom oral appliance to maintain your oral health and comfort.

Who Can Benefit from an Oral Appliance?

People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition in which the muscles that support your tongue, soft palate, and the soft tissues in your throat temporarily relax. This can narrow or close the airway, temporarily halting breathing. Sleep apnea poses serious risks to your overall health, so it is important to seek treatment.

At Star City Dental in El Paso, we are proud to offer sleep apnea nightguards as an alternative to cumbersome CPAP devices for patients that suffer from OSA. These appliances are designed to support the soft tissues of your mouth and throat to keep the airway open while you sleep. They also have the added benefit of reducing snoring.

We encourage patients to visit our dentistry practice to learn more about the benefits of sleep apnea nightguards over CPAP. We can help determine if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which can be effectively treated with nightguards, or another type of sleep apnea that may require a more extensive treatment plan.

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Patients with TMJ Disorder

Appliances for TMJ disorder are specially designed to keep your jaw in alignment and minimize the amount of pressure exerted on the jaw and teeth. This treatment option is less invasive than alternatives. In many cases, these mouthguards only need to be worn at night.

Mouthguards for TMJ disorder offer significant relief of symptoms, including teeth grinding and clenching; pain of the teeth, jaw, neck, and ears; clicking and popping when opening and closing the jaw; difficulty opening and closing the jaw; and snoring.

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Sports mouthguards can protect the teeth and oral structures of just about any athlete. Oral appliance therapy is commonly used for athletes involved in football, baseball, soccer, wrestling, and more. By wearing these oral appliances, athletes greatly reduce the chances of tooth loss, fractures, and other oral injuries.

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Dr. Gonzalez and his Star City Dental Team have been outstanding! Been going there for the past 7 years and every appointment has been nothing short of a STAR treatment!! Great, friendly and courteous staff, will continue to go there for all my dental needs. Keep up the great work!!!

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Dr. Gonzalez is the very best dentist that I have ever been to!  I live approx. 296 miles from his office but he is still the only dentist that I want to treat me. He puts his patients comfort and care as his first priority, and uses the very best and latest knowledge of dentistry in his practice. Yea Dr. Gonzalez!!!

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The Treatment Process

During your appointment at our El Paso dentistry practice, you can expect the following.


First, we will perform an exam to determine if you are a good candidate for oral appliance therapy. For those suffering from sleep apnea, we may also refer you out for further diagnostic sleep testing.


Next, we will take detailed impressions of your dental arches so your mouthguard can be fabricated.


Your impressions will be sent to a lab where technicians will craft a comfortable appliance that offers a precise fit.

Begin Wearing Your Appliance

To complete the treatment process, you will return to our office to receive your oral appliance and try it on. If needed, minor adjustments can be made. Otherwise, you are ready to start wearing your oral appliance.

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Star City Dental

Since 1977, Dr. Juan M. Gonzalez and his compassionate team of dental professionals have provided families in the community of El Paso with unparalleled care using the latest technology. Dr. Gonzalez is affiliated with professional organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association
  • El Paso District Dental Society

To schedule a appointment with our El Paso, TX, dentist, contact our office online or call (915) 591-7117 today.

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