Oral Appliance Therapy
Patients often do not realize that they have choices when it comes to treatment of their obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). While many patients tolerate the CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine without complications and achieve outstanding results, others find it difficult to sleep comfortably or refuse CPAP treatment altogether.
Oral Appliance Therapy
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) approved treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with an oral appliance in 2006. Your oral appliance must be fitted by our experienced dentist under the directive of a qualified sleep doctor. Drs. Beyene and Cooper work together to ensure you receive proper diagnosis and treatment.
The AASM approved treatment with oral appliances because of their effectiveness, as well as to address the problem of low compliance with the CPAP machine in some individuals. Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is often the first line of treatment in mild to moderate OSA sufferers.
OAT provides a less bulky and more comfortable solution for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. At Sleep!, we offer the convenience of diagnosis and treatment right in our comfortable, state-of-the-art facility.
Oral appliances work by reducing the obstructions in your airway, are non-invasive, and reversible. Our patients enjoy the convenience of having a small device that makes it easy to travel and still experience quality sleep while on the go. Oral appliances for the treatment of OSA fit much like a custom night guard or mouth guard.
Mandibular Repositioning Appliance
A mandibular repositioning appliance works indirectly by gently moving your lower jaw forward in order to open your airway while you sleep. Our mandibular repositioning oral appliances are custom made of smooth clear plastic so you don’t have sharp spots or irritation. They are small and fit in a compact case for easy travel. They also keep your mouth from falling open while you sleep and keep your tongue from slipping back, closing your airway. Most of our patients report feeling quite comfortable and adjust to them within a couple of weeks.
We will take impressions to custom design your oral appliance. Custom appliances mean a better, more compact fit and higher success rate.
Oral appliance therapy for OSA is often covered by your medical insurance.
Call Sleep! to Schedule an Evaluation
Do you have OSA or suspect you have OSA? Grab your doctor’s referral form and give us a call to schedule an evaluation and sleep study in our five-star facility. If you have trouble complying with CPAP therapy, bring your sleep study results and in some cases, we can make an OAT for you on the same day. Our helpful and compassionate team is available to guide you through diagnosis and treatment so that you can have better sleep, improved health, and a higher quality of life.