Dental Sleep Medicine
Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea and Snoring
TIRED OF CPAP? We have an Alternative!
Oral Appliance Therapy is completely non-invasive and painless. It is a mouthpiece, for patients with primary snoring or mild to moderate Sleep Apnea. They are small devices that you wear while you sleep. They are similar in size to an Orthodontic Retainer or Sports Mouthguard. They are very comfortable, easy to wear, and easy to travel with. These appliances can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments. Oral Appliances work by attempting to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of your throat, keeping your airway open to allow adequate air intake. They work to reposition the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and uvula. Oral Appliance Therapy involves selecting an appropriate design, and then custom fitting it to your teeth.
Sleep Apnea is a life threatening disorder and should not go un-treated because you can’t wear your CPAP! We can make a custom-fit plastic mouthpiece for treating sleep apnea. The mouthpiece will adjust your lower jaw and your tongue to help keep your airways open while you sleep.
What’s your sleep score?
Take Test Now
Do you snore? Tired all the time? You may
have sleep apnea. Take the Epworth Sleepiness
Scale to learn your sleep score.
To evaluate your level of tiredness use these tools: Epworth Sleepiness Scale and Thornton Snoring Scale. If you have someone who observes you sleeping, have them assist in this survey. These are common screening tools used to begin assessing your sleep quality.
If you have further questions or concerns, please contact our office.