An oral appliances is usually the front-line treatment for patients with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It works by keeping your jaws, tongue and mouth in the correct position to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues and keep the airway open during sleep. Most patients prefer the oral appliance, which is a small plastic device similar to a sports mouth guard, to the CPAP because it is more comfortable and discreet.
Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
- Comfortable, discreet and easy to wear
- High patient acceptance rate
- Convenient to use when traveling
- Treatment is non-invasive and reversible
How Does the Oral Appliance Work
There are several different types of oral appliances. Dr. Eskow will perform an evaluation to determine which type is best for you. There are two basic types of oral appliances: a tongue retaining appliance and a mandibular repositioning appliance. The oral appliance is custom made to fit your mouth. Dr. Eskow will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental lab where the device will be made.
Depending on the specific appliance, it will:
- Properly align the jaws
- Stabilize the tongue
- Reposition the soft tissues in the mouth
- Increase the muscle tone of the tongue