Traditionally, sleep apnea has been treated with a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine, in which the sleeping person wears a mask connected to a small machine that continuously pushes fresh air into the mouth and nose. Unfortunately, people have found these devices uncomfortable and less than 50% of people prescribed these devises actually use as recommended.
As quoted from the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine, “We recommend that sleep physicians consider prescription of oral appliances, rather than no treatment, for adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are intolerant of CPAP therapy or prefer alternate therapy.” Dr. Kannan Ramas, MBBS, MD of the May Clinic in Rochester, MN
Oral Appliance Therapy is an alternative treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Angela custom-fits a “mouth guard-like” that helps maintain an open, unobstructed airway, improving your sleep, restoring your alertness, and revitalizing your health.
Worn only during sleep, this oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer, supporting the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research has shown that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:
Oral appliances are custom made using impressions and models of your teeth. These models are sent to our prestigious dental lab for fabrication of the oral appliance. Once the appliance is ready, we will try it in for proper fit. Any necessary adjustments will be made to maximize comfort and effectiveness. Follow up appointments may be needed to optimize comfort and effectiveness.
- Some patients prefer to wear an oral appliance because they are easy to wear.
- Most people find it only takes a few days to become acclimated to wearing the appliance.
- Oral appliances are small and convenient.
- Treatment with oral appliances is reversible and non-invasive.
On average, the bed partner of a snorer loses at least an hour of sleep per night, according to a study published by Mayo clinic proceedings. A CPAP machine may silence the snoring, but its constantly running motor might not help the bed partner sleep more soundly. Oral appliance therapy is a quieter option that can minimize the symptoms of sleep apnea, such as loud snoring, without making a peep of its own.
The oral appliance is easy to transport from one place to another. Each oral appliance comes with its own carrying case for protection. Please do not leave your oral appliances in extreme cold or hot temperatures, as the appliances themselves can distort, causing them not to fit.
Due to their size, oral appliances can fit discreetly in a purse or briefcase.
Most appliances can be cleaned by using a toothbrush and mild soap. With each appliance we deliver, a copy of specific cleaning and care instructions will be included.