Oral Appliance Therapy: What To Expect

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, chances are that your sleep dentist will recommend an oral appliance therapy for you. Don’t worry, it only sounds intimidating, but it really isn’t – in fact, you’ll love it!

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

Oral appliance therapy is a device that you wear while you are sleeping. Similar to a retainer or mouth guard, the device holds your jaw in a forward position to help open the upper airway pathway for easier breathing.

Some devices also come with a compartment which holds the tongue in place with suction so that it doesn’t fall back into the air pathway and cause obstructive sleep apnea.

What Can I Expect at My Appointment?

Your sleep dentist will take a general history of your symptoms and prescribe an oral appliance for you. He or she will then take dental impressions to make a device that fits correctly and comfortably in your mouth.

What Device is the Best For Me?

Based on a consultation with your sleep dentist and your sleeping complaints, you will be recommended with a device that best fits your situation and the severity of your symptoms below are some options that may be recommended.

Are There Any Side Effects?

These devices help users sleep comfortably and consistently through the night. However, some mild side effects occur, which can be contained by interchanging between oral appliances:

Sleep Well!

Oral appliance therapy works wonders. With improved sleep, you’ll never part with these again!  So don’t be anxious about getting fitted for a device! Choose your sleep dentist wisely. Choose one who has been trained in Dental Sleep Medicine.

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