If you’ve tried CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) and self-help tips and your sleep problems persist, you may benefit from a simple dental device. In some cases, our patients find oral appliances are much easier to use than a CPAP machine. The goal for the dental device is to relieve snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea.
Dental devices are designed to open your throat by bringing your jaw or tongue forward during sleep. When the jaw moves forward it allows more room for the tongue and soft tissue. Dental devices slightly open the teeth to help decompress the jaw joint and open the airway down your throat.
Most dental devices fit inside your mouth, much like an athletic mouth guard or night guard. it offers a full range of dental/oral appliances, including the:
. Mandibular repositioning device
. Tongue retaining device
Each dental device is custom made for the individual. We complete a thorough dental exam in order to prescribe the proper sleep device for each patient.
It is extremely important to get fitted by a dental practitioner specializing in sleep apnea and to see the dental practitioner for any future dental problems that may occur. You may need to have your dental practitioner adjust the mouthpiece to fit better as your muscular system relaxes or strengthens over time.