A dentist with specialized training treatment in dental sleep medicine can provide you with a custom oral airway dilator for use at night. Similar in appearance to orthodontic retainers or a sports mouth guard, they fit over your teeth and work by either moving your lower jaw forward slightly or by placing gentle pressure on the tongue to keep it from falling back.
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) involves the selection, customized design, fitting and follow-up adjustments of an oral appliance. Every OSA patient has specific needs. Sleep medicine dentists are the only dentists trained to properly manage sleep apnea as opposed to simply minimizing snoring. At Sleep Matters, a number of different oral appliances are available providing the patient the broadest range of oral appliance options. The healthcare providers at Sleep Matters may ask their patients to have a follow-up sleep study to ensure the apnea therapy management is working. Oral appliances are a safe and effective alternative to CPAP and other pressure breathing machines. This is important to know as nearly 70% of people with apnea cannot tolerate breathing machines like CPAP.