One of the easiest ways to improve your sleep quality is to get one of our custom made oral appliances to help prevent snoring and sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy: Is a mouth guard worn during sleep to help prevent snoring and sleep apnea.
How Do Oral Appliances Work:
- They work by keeping your lower jaw from falling back when asleep and causing an obstruction of your breathing passages. They are custom molded to the teeth so that they fit comfortably and don’t fall off when sleeping.
- Our medical research* has shown that 70% of patients getting a snoring or sleep apnea oral appliance had significant improvement in their sleep apnea, and in most cases snoring significantly decreased or disappeared.
- Oral appliances work best if your sleep apnea is not “extremely severe” but can also work even in cases of severe sleep apnea (even if you stop breathing 50 times an hour while asleep). If you already know your AHI (Apnea Hypopnea Index) score from your sleep test, a score of less than 50 is likely to respond to an oral appliance
- (*Stern J, Lee K, Kuhn D. Presented at the annual World Sleep Meeting, Prague Czech Republic. October 7-12 2017.
- Oral appliances work best if you are not too overweight, and with a neck size of 16.5 inches or less for men, and 14.5 inches or less for women. Because oral appliances fit on the teeth; your teeth, gums, and jaw joint (the TMJ joint) should be in good shape. You cannot be undergoing active dental work like braces, Invisalign, or dental implants. But once the work is done, you can likely start treatment with an oral appliance after clearance from your dentist
Our staff has one of the largest experience in the US with oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea; the devices are fitted and adjusted after obtaining a 3D digital impression of the mouth and teeth. A home sleep study is performed with the appliance in place after it has been properly adjusted and used for 4-8 weeks to confirm that the treatment is effective.
Before being fitted with an oral appliance, be sure to discuss your entire dental history with your dentist especially if you have a history of temporomandibular disorder (TMD), have worn dental implants within the past year, have dentures or are undergoing orthodontic treatment, have loose teeth, abscesses or gum disease.
Who is and isn’t a Candidate for (OAT)
- To be able to use an oral appliance you must have enough molars (the teeth in the back of the upper and lower jaw), at least one healthy molar on each side of the upper and lower jaw. Your gums must be in good shape (no excessive swelling, bleeding or pain, and you must be able to open you mouth without pain in the jaw joint.
- Teeth grinding is common with sleep apnea, and an oral appliance will help protect your teeth
- You cannot get an oral appliance during treatment with invisaligners, braces, or dental implantation in progress, or other major dental work. However, you can have an oral appliance after that dental work has been completed