Dental oral appliances that treat snoring and apnea are small custom devices that are worn in the mouth similar to sports mouth guards or orthodontic retainers. Oral appliance therapy involves the device choice, fabrication and guidance with dentist educated in dental sleep medicine.
If you are struggling with snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, wearing a custom dental device may be your best option for peaceful sleep.
Oral appliances that treat snoring and apnea are small custom dental devices worn in the mouth similar to custom sports guards or orthodontic retainers.
These devices are professionally fitted by dentists educated in sleep disorders and dental sleep medicine.
Custom oral sleep appliances may also be called :
Mandibular advancement device
Mandibular repositioning device
Mandibular advancement splint, and more…
The following individuals are often the best candidates for oral appliance therapy:
Patients that snorebut have no apnea (verified through testing or medical consultation)
Patients at all levels of obstructive sleep apnea that have attempted CPAP therapy unsuccessfully
Any obstructive sleep apnea patient that prefersto seek out oral appliance therapy as an alternative to CPAP therapy
Oral sleep appliances or mandibular repositioning devices(MRD’s)work by repositioning and stabilizing the jaw in a forward position. This mechanism can prevent muscles and tissues from collapsing back into the airway that causes the airway obstruction, as in snoring and apnea.
Most individuals find oral appliances far more comfortable and less cumbersome than CPAP therapy, a common treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea.
When successful, oral appliances vastly improve the quality of life of snoring and apnea patients and improve relationships. Positive results include:
No or reduced snoring
Absence or improvement of the number of apnea events
Improved sleep quality and fewer awakenings
Improvement in chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure
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In the medical field, custom dental devices or mouthguards that treat snoring and apnea are called oral appliances. This type of custom dental device is medically referred to as: mandibular advancement device…