What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment option for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Worn only during sleep, oral appliances are placed in the mouth to help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open.
Oral appliances can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments for sleep-related breathing disorders, such as CPAP therapy, weight management and even surgery. Oral appliance therapy is often a good alternative to CPAP for patients who are non-compliant or intolerant of the mask.
There are several different types of oral appliances, however the two most common types of devices are:
- Tongue-retaining appliances (reposition tongue)
- Mandibular advancement devices (reposition lower jaw and tongue)
After an examination, Dr. Sinha will be able to determine the best option for your specific symptoms.
How do Oral Appliances Work?
Oral appliances are custom-made and fitted to each patient. Oral appliances fit like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer and are worn only during sleep.
Oral appliances relieve snoring and sleep apnea symptoms by positioning the tongue and/or jaw forward in order to keep the airway open during sleep. This allows for adequate air intake. In addition to stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue, oral appliances may also increase the muscle tone of the tongue.