If you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), your dental sleep medicine specialist might recommend an oral appliance to treat the disorder. Our sleep doctors will assess your symptoms and sleep patterns. They may recommend certain tests or sleep studies so that they can fine-tune an oral appliance treatment approach for you.
Oral appliances are worn while you sleep and each type of appliance may work a bit differently to reposition areas of the face, mouth and jaw. Clinical studies show that these custom-made oral appliances are effective in treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. They are typically comfortable to wear and fit similarly to a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer.
Once your initial test or sleep study results are in, you can first be fitted with an affordable temporary oral device (like the Apnea Guard) for you to try at home for up to 30 days. You make adjustments on your own to test the effectiveness before the sleep specialist retests you to see if it is helping your apnea. If so, a permanent oral appliance will be prescribed.
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Our technicians are specially trained to customize your device using professional-grade dental putty. In fact, our team worked closely with three local dentists to perfect the temporary oral appliance process.
But not every dentist has the training and experience for this treatment protocol. To make the best decisions for the health of our patients, Northshore Sleep Medicine only partners with and provides referrals to qualified and accredited dentists with specific technical skills and knowledge in dental sleep medicine. These American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) dentists will custom-make your permanent appliance once we have the results from your temporary option.
Please note that insurance companies may have different requirements for how the dental appliance sleep apnea treatments are covered. The permanent oral appliances are far more costly with more durable materials and additional dentist visits for adjustments, etc. We can help you determine what your insurance plan (medical or dental) may cover.
Many people diagnosed with sleep apnea are candidates for the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help sleep. But while CPAP therapy has helped millions of Americans get healthy sleep, it’s not always right for everyone. If you have trouble getting results or have a light to intermediate degree of sleep apnea, oral appliance treatment may be a good alternative.