An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth during sleep to keep the soft tissue in the airway from collapsing. While typically not as effective as Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy, an oral appliance is an excellent option for individuals who are unable to tolerate CPAP. Oral appliances are not recommended for all types of sleep apnea.
Not all dentists are trained to treat sleep apnea, so ask one of our physicians for a referral to a dentist knowledgeable about oral appliances who can recommend a style to match your needs. Your physician may recommend that you have a follow up sleep study to test the effectiveness. It is critical that you follow up with your dentist regularly to ensure the device does not cause your teeth to shift or your bite to change.