Dental appliances for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are recommended to patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
These dental appliances may also be recommended to be worn in conjunction with a CPAP device to help lower high pressure needs of particular patients.
2 Categories of Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs)
Mandibular Advancement Devices for treating sleep apnea may look very similar to sports mouthguards or orthodontic retainers. MADs fit into the mouth by snapping over the upper and lower dental arches and have metal hinges connecting a piece that fits over the upper teeth, and another piece that fits over the lower teeth.
What MADs do is that they push the lower jaw and tongue slightly forward to healp prevent throat muscles from collapsing back into the airways to allow for normal breathing during sleep. Most MADs are adjustable that dentists are able to fine-tune the position of the jaw for maximum effectiveness.
Tongue Retaining Mouthpieces
Tongue retaining mouthpieces are similar in construction to MADs but has a small compartment that fits around the patient’s tongue using suction to keep it held forward and preventing it from collapsing back into the airway. These mouthpieces are mostly recommended to patients who cannot adequately have their jaw repositioned forward.
Getting Dental Devices for Sleep Apnea
Oak Brook Smiles’ very own Dr. Haque is an expert on obstructive sleep apnea treatment. When you see No More Snore dentist Dr. Haque to get treated for sleep apnea, he will make a custom fitted dental appliance to suit your particular needs.
Over-the-counter options are available but not recommended. Over-the-counter dental appliances may be appealing for some because of their reduced prices, but can actually complicate sleep apnea.
Many patients who order dental appliances without consulting with a dentist may find that their snoring symptoms went away. However, these patients are unaware that the over-the-counter dental appliances were not preventing apnea events but only the snoring symptom, which may lead to complications down the road as the disorder itself was not treated.
Sleep Apnea Dental Expert
If you’re concerned you or someone you know has sleep apnea, you can call our friendly No More Snore dentist Dr. Haque to schedule a consultation and discuss your sleep troubles. You can ask him about all of the available treatment options for obstructive sleep including CPAP and dental appliances and inquire which may be best suited for you.