Worn while sleeping, an oral appliance holds the lower jaw (the mandible) forward to keep the tongue from falling back and obstructing the airway. The fancy term for these kinds of oral appliances is mandibular advancement devices.Oral appliances are indicated for patients with mild to moderate OSA who: Prefer oral appliances over CPAP. Cannot tolerate CPAP. Are unable to use surgery or lifestyle changes to control their apnea. For severe OSA patients if they cannot tolerate CPAP. In addition to standalone use, oral appliances can also be used as adjunctive therapy to CPAP while traveling. Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear. Oral appliances are easy to carry and don’t require electricity. In some cases, an oral appliance may even be used in conjunction with CPAP to help a patient reduce necessary CPAP pressures, eliminate headgear or reduce mouth leaks.
The treatment objectives for oral appliance therapy are the same as with CPAP; reduce or eliminate snoring, reduce the number of apneas and hypopneas during sleep, normalize the blood oxygen levels that drop during OSA episodes and improve the clinical signs and symptoms of OSA. Just like with CPAP, to determine the most effective setting for the oral appliance your doctor may have you return to the sleep lab to adjust the appliance during a sleep study. This will ensure that your oral appliance therapy is helping as much as possible. Dentists trained in dental sleep medicine make sure that you are able to use an oral appliance, help you select an appropriate oral appliance, and then fabricate, fit and adjust it to help you breathe well during your sleep. The trained dentist will also follow up with you to ensure long term success and minimize side effects.Newer oral appliances such as ApneaRx® and ZQuiet® allow self titration meaning you can adjust the oral appliance at home without visting the doctor. A follow up sleep study is recommended to ensure that sleep apnea has been treated.
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