An oral appliance 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. The appliance will prevent the collapse of your tongue and soft tissues to keep your airway open during sleep. It is a small plastic device similar to a custom sports mouthguard. Most patients prefer the oral appliance to the CPAP machine 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. Everyone’s mouth and jaw is different. Dr. Eskow will perform an evaluation to determine which type is best for you. There are two basic types of oral appliances we use: a tongue retaining appliance and a mandibular repositioning appliance.
On your first visit, Dr. Eskow will evaluate your bite. Dr. Eskow will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental lab where the device will be made. The oral appliance is custom made to fit only your mouth. It should fit snuggly, without any give. With proper care and maintenance, the appliance will last you for as long as you need it.
Depending on the specific oral appliance used, it will:
- Properly align your jaws when laying down
- Stabilize your tongue during sleep
- Reposition the soft tissues in your mouth
- Increase the muscle tone of your tongue