Explaining a sleep appliance

Not feeling rejuvenating in the morning?

Dentistry can often offer help to patients with snoring and sleep disorders. Sleep disordered breathing, including sleep apnea, is a medical condition which can have a dental solution.

  • Do you snore?
  • Do you wake up because someone is snoring next to you?
  • Do you feel like you’re always waking yourself up at night?

An oral device typically pulls the lower jaw forward to assist with opening the airway, thus allowing for better breathing, less snoring, and overall less interrupted sleep. Oral appliance therapy is often used with patients who are unable to tolerate CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy. Or, in some cases it can be used in conjunction with CPAP therapy.

In our practice, we do our best to work with physicians when indicated to find the best sleep solutions. Our practice provides pulse oximeter screening to assist with diagnosis and to help with proper planning, use, and management of the device itself over time.

Advantage of Oral Appliance Therapy

  • Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear. Most people find that it only takes a couple of weeks to become acclimated to wearing the appliance.
  • Oral appliances are small and convenient, making them easy¬†to carry when traveling.
  • Treatment with an oral appliance is reversible and non-invasive.