Oral Appliance Therapy

Everything you need to know about Oral Appliance Therapy:

  • Oral Appliance Therapy is one of the most convenient ways to treat sleep apnea.
  • Similar to an orthodontic or sports mouth guard, oral appliances are worn to sleep by people who suffer from snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
  • For many patients, oral appliances are less intrusive than a CPAP machine.
  • Custom oral appliances must be fitted by specially-trained dentists.
  • Before deciding that an oral appliance is right for you, a sleep study is required to confirm that obstructive sleep apnea is the cause of your sleeping discomfort.
  • Oral appliances can be used in conjunction with other sleep apnea treatments like a CPAP machine.

How do oral appliances help sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapsing and blocking off your airway while you sleep. This explains the oftentimes wild gasping for air displayed by someone who suffers from OSA. Oral appliances combat OSA by holding the jaw forward, allowing air to travel more freely to where it needs to go. It also keeps the tongue out of the way and prevents the air passage from collapsing. This reduces snoring and ensures a better, more restful sleep.

How many different kinds of oral appliances are there?

There are more than 100 different kinds of oral appliances and Dr. Paige Lester will help you find the right sleeping appliance for you, so you can rest well at night.