Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy can be an effective alternative to CPAP machines when treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
These custom-made appliances can improve sleep, prevent or reduce fatigue and rejuvenate your overall health.
About Oral Appliance Therapy
Worn during sleep, an oral appliance is similar to a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It keeps the jaw in the best position to help maintain an open airway. Extensive research and the satisfaction of patients shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for many people who snore or have obstructive sleep apnea.
You and your doctor should work with your primary care provider to determine if oral appliance therapy is the right treatment option for you, and which appliance will best meet your needs.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that doesn’t cramp your lifestyle. Patients who have switched from CPAP to oral appliance therapy report the following benefits:
- Ease of Maintenance
How a Dentist Can Help
After listening to your concerns and symptoms as well as explaining apnea treatment with oral appliances, the dentist will conduct a complete examination and assessment.
Making and Fitting Your Oral Appliance
Oral appliances are custom-crafted using impressions or models of your teeth. These models are sent to a dental lab where the appliance is made to fit comfortably in your mouth over your teeth.
Once your oral appliance is ready, you will return to your dentist’s office for a fitting. Your dentist will adjust the appliance to maximize its comfort and effectiveness.
What to Expect with Oral Appliance Therapy
Treating snoring or obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly. It is likely that you will sleep better, have more energy and feel sharper throughout the day. You may find that your partner begins to sleep better, too!
Dr. Chris Fammatre offers Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea Patients in Lindsay, CA
Treating sleep apnea promotes a healthier heart, body, and mind. With our dentist’s help, you can improve your sleep and your health!