Oral Appliance Therapy
Our practice specializes in fitting patients with a custom fabricated oral appliance to manage sleep apnea. The appliance works by holding your mandible (lower jaw) in a precise open and forward position and by doing so all the soft tissues in your throat and neck are no longer able to collapse and cause the nighttime choking and suffocating episodes. The appliance we make will be custom made for your teeth and will fit much like a sports mouth guard. Oral appliances are a very comfortable and easy to use solution for managing sleep apnea and snoring and they are also an excellent alternative to CPAP therapy for patients who find it difficult to tolerate. In 2015 the American Academy of Sleep Medicine issued updated practice parameters recommending the use of custom fabricated oral appliances made by specially trained dentists for patients with snoring and sleep apnea who prefer the mouthpiece over CPAP or who have tried CPAP and are unable to continue daily use.
NOT ALL ORAL APPLIANCES ARE THE SAME
At our practice we work with the several devices which are manufactured to strict standards and are FDA cleared specifically to manage Sleep Apnea. Additionally, we use state-of-the-art Eccovision Acoustic Imaging technology to ensure your jaw is held in precisely the correct position with the appliance. “At home appliance kits” and other bulky non-custom devices may claim to help with snoring but are not nearly as comfortable or successful as the custom appliances we use.
Somnomed: Effective AND Comfortable!
The SomnoMed is a custom-made device, consisting of upper and lower dental mouthpiece with a unique patented fin-coupling component, which allows normal mouth opening and closing. It provides incremental and adjustable levels of lower jaw advancement, which improves the effectiveness and comfort-level of treatment as the jaw is moved only as far as is required to alleviate snoring and reduce OSA.
Key features and benefits of the device include:
- Permits normal mouth opening
- Easily adjustable by the dentist
- Safe and effective, results proven using the WatchPart 100 overnight sleep study in your own bed
- Clinically proven and accepted by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
- Custom-fitted by the dentist
- Additionally, the SomnoMed MAS is made from durable fade-proof acrylic that retains its shape and color
- Covered by a two year manufacturer’s warranty