What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is an alternative treatment to CPAP. Unlike CPAP, oral appliances are small appliances that fit in your mouth similar to a nightguard or retainer. You wear it while you sleep. They all generally aim to stop you from snoring or blocking your airway at night. Some work beyond that by correcting the development issues that cause your condition in the first place.
To stop you from snoring or stop breathing at night, oral appliances work by pushing the lower jaw forward to prevent the soft tissue from collapsing to keep your airway open. This allows you to breathe freely throughout the night, completely snore-free. Many patients prefer oral appliance therapy because it’s convenient to travel with, easy to use and clean, and makes it much more comfortable to sleep at night compared to CPAP.
Types of Oral Appliances
Our dental office offers several different FDA approved oral appliances to treat both sleep apnea and snoring, including the following: