Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sleep Apnea Treatment with Oral Appliances

Some doctors will try to convince you that CPAP is the best treatment for your sleep apnea. The truth is, you don’t have to settle for CPAP. No one needs to struggle with CPAP when there are many oral appliances that can treat your sleep apnea just as well as, if not better than, CPAP.

You can speak with your sleep apnea dentist about which oral appliance is best to treat your sleep apnea. A few of the sleep apnea oral appliances are:

  • Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP)
  • SomnoMed MAS
  • Herbst Telescopic Appliance
  • Tongue Retaining Device (TRD)

Oral appliances are designed to prevent the obstruction of your airway during sleep by stopping the collapse of the soft tissue in the mouth. The soft tissue collapses during sleep and blocks the airway cutting off the flow of oxygen. Oral appliances prevent obstruction in many different ways. Some oral appliances reposition the lower jaw to open the airway wider. Other oral appliances support the soft palate so it does not collapse. Your sleep apnea dentist will determine which oral appliance fits your needs. The oral appliance you and your dentist choose will be custom made to fit perfectly and comfortably inside your mouth.

The oral appliance that is best to treat your sleep apnea depends on your symptoms. To learn more about oral appliances to treat sleep apnea, please contact a sleep apnea dentist in your area.


posted by Dr. Candelaria at 6:16 AM