Sleep Apnea Oral Device
Breathe, Sleep, Live — Better With Oral Appliance Therapy
Comfortable, Effective, Non-Slurgical Treatment For Snoring And Sleep Apnea
Reclaim the peaceful, refreshing sleep you need for health and happiness.
One-Minute Snoring/Apnea Self Test:
- Do others complain about your snoring?
- Do you suddenly wake up gasping for air?
- Do you move around a lot while asleep?
- Do you often wake up feeling tired or with a headache?
- Do you feel sleepy during the day?
- If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have a sleep disorder.
What Is Snoring?
Snoring is a problem that affects 67% of adults by the age of 40. An estimated 100 million people in the United States snore every night. Snoring not only disrupts sleep for both snorers and their sleeping partners, it can lead to health problems. Many people unfortunately endure the problem for months or even years — not knowing there are simple and effective treatments.
Snoring occurs when the tissues at the back of the roof of the mouth vibrate against the back of the throat. During sleep, those tissues, the tongue, and the muscles that line the airway all relax, causing the airway to narrow. As air passes through the narrower airway, the tissues vibrate against each other and create the harsh sound known as snoring.
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
If the soft tissues at the back of the throat completely close off the airway, that condition is known as obstructive sleep apnea. When this airway blockage reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the brain and body, the brain alerts the muscles in the airway to tighten up and unblock the air passage. This leads to a cycle of blocking and unblocking of the airway that causes significant disruption of sleep.
The most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are loud snoring, restless sleep, periodic stoppages of breathing, irritability or depression, significant daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating and poor memory. Sleep apnea is a health problem associated with high blood pressure, heart problems and stroke.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
An oral appliance is a small acrylic device customized to fit over the upper and lower teeth — similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard. The device slightly advances the lower jaw, which moves the base of the tongue forward and opens the airway. This repositioning improves breathing and is highly effective in reducing snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.
FDA approved for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring
Oral appliances are comfortable, easy to place and remove, easy to clean, and convenient for travel. Most patients adapt to the device within a few days.
After the initial examination, consultation and fabrication of the oral appliance, we typically see patients two or three times over the following three months to make any adjustments for comfort and effectiveness. After that, annual follow-up visits are recommended.