There are more than 80 different oral devices on the market to treat sleep apnea. “Tongue retaining devices” are a popular treatment technique, as are “mandibular repositioning dental appliances,” or devices that move the lower jaw forward. Both of these options serve to reduce the likelihood of the tongue falling backward and blocking the airway.
Oral appliances are most effective in the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea, although they do provide a treatment alternative for patients with severe OSA who cannot or will not tolerate positive airway pressure therapy. Despite their double-retainer-like appearance, oral appliances are typically comfortable to use. Sometimes for more complicated sleep apnea, an oral appliance and CPAP are used in combination.
Oral devices used to treat OSA must be prescribed by a physician and fitted by a dentist, oral surgeon or ENT who has sleep medicine experience. Our office is able to prescribe and fit these devices.
Are you ready to schedule a sleep apnea appointment with us? Begin by filling out our sleep apnea history exam and online patient form.