Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliances are small mandibular advancement devices that are worn in the mouth during sleep. Below is a picture of an oral appliance we use for treatment.
They are the first line for treatment of mild & moderate OSA for patients who prefer them to CPAP therapy according to the Practice Parameters of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They are also approved treatment for patients with severe OSA who refuse, cannot tolerate, or fail CPAP treatment according to these same Practice Parameters.
They are similar to a sports mouth guard or orthodontic appliance. They move the lower jaw forward pulling the tongue off of the airway. By preventing the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, oral appliances keep the airway open during sleep and promote adequate air intake. With an oral appliance, we can minimize or eliminate the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea.
Oral applianes are also well suited for times when there is no power for a CPAP maching like camping, hunting, or traveling on an airplane or in a car. They are comfortable and easy to wear. Most people adjust to wearing the appliance immediately.
The treatment is reversible and non-invasive. Th oral appliance is easy to clean and the biofilm is easy to remove. Oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with CPAP for some sleep related disorders.
If you are in the Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, or Post Falls area, call (844) 847-6673 to schedule your free consultation and stop snoring and get the restful sleep you deserve. The treatment takes about 3 months to reach maximum medical improvement and is usually covered by your medical insurance.