Oral Appliances

An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth during sleep to keep the soft tissue in the airway from collapsing. While typically not as effective as Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy, an oral appliance is an excellent option for individuals who are unable to tolerate CPAP. While there are a number of different types of FDA-approved oral appliances on the market, they are all variations on three main themes: mandibular advancement, tongue retention, or a combination of the two. The mandibular advancement devices (MAD) re-position the lower jaw by pushing it forward to create more space for the airway. Tongue-retaining devices provide support or stabilization to the tongue to prevent it from falling backward and blocking the airway.

Not all dentists are trained to treat sleep apnea, so ask one of our physicians for a referral to a dentist knowledgeable about oral appliances who can recommend a style to match your needs. Your physician may recommend that you have a follow up sleep study to test the effectiveness. It is critical that you follow up with your dentist regularly to ensure the device does not cause your teeth to shift or your bite to change.

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