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Oral Appliance Therapy as First-Line Treatment

Custom Oral Appliances

Custom oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea are a popular choice by patients and are an effective first-line treatment for many who suffer from sleep apnea. Our custom oral appliances are FDA approved for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. These oral appliances are worn in the mouth, just like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic appliance, while you sleep. Oral appliances hold the lower jaw forward just enough to keep the airway open and prevent the tongue and muscles in the upper airway from collapsing and blocking the airway.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved oral appliance therapy (OAT) as a first line treatment for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The AASM also recommends oral appliances for patients with severe OSA, who are unable to tolerate or cannot wear CPAP devices. Another option for people with severe OSA is combination therapy (wearing CPAP and an oral appliance together) to help reduce the pressure on a CPAP machine, making it more comfortable to use.

Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:
Our specially trained doctors will conduct a full evaluation of your teeth, mouth, and temporomandibular joint to ensure that your teeth and jaw structure are healthy enough to wear an oral appliance. Following the examination, you will have models of your teeth made and a follow-up appointment is scheduled to fit your custom oral appliance. You can read more about our specific oral appliance treatment process and reach out to us if you still have questions.
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