FDA-Approved Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances

Sleep Apnea Oral AppliancesIf you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or snore, wearing custom-fit sleep apnea oral appliances while you sleep may help.

Sleep apnea occurs when your muscles relax while you are asleep and causes soft tissues in the throat to collapse and block your airway. Blockages can occur for a few seconds to over a minute, reducing your oxygen levels and disrupting your sleep. Which may explain why you’re waking up feeling fatigued and drowsy.

What Is It?

A sleep apnea oral appliance is a mouthpiece that fits in your mouth like a custom orthodontic retainer. Our device fits into the mouth by gripping the upper and lower dental arches with hinges connecting the two pieces. One fits over the upper teeth, and the other fits over the lower teeth. The mouthpiece supports your jaw in a position that keeps your upper airway open and soft tissues out of your airway. Because of this design and positioning, snoring and the effects of obstructive sleep apnea are often reduced. The pictures below show the ability to open (left) and close (right) your mouth while wearing the device unlike less customized devices that may lock the jaw in one position

Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Opened
Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance. Open Position.
Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Closed
Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance. Closed Position.

We start the process with a sleep apnea risk assessment. If you appear to be at risk for sleep apnea, we will coordinate an at-home sleep study to evaluate signs and symptoms. If we determine the device may help, we can begin making a customized, FDA-approved sleep apnea appliance for you. First, we take a look at your teeth, jaw, tongue and airway, and possibly take X-rays of your mouth. Then, we make digital models of your teeth and send them to a lab where sleep apnea oral appliances are made. Finally, when it’s ready, you will come back to our office for fitting, wearing, and cleaning instructions.