Oral appliance therapy devices for snoring are a custom-made device that prevents the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the throat. It is worn at night like a mouth guard. Depending on the severity of your snoring or sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy may be used alone or in combination with other treatments. For patients who are non-compliant with CPAP or intolerant, oral appliances may be a good alternative treatment.
There are different types of oral appliances for sleep apnea and an Atlanta Snoring Institute sleep specialist will be able to determine the best option for your particular symptoms. Different types include mandibular advancement devices that reposition the lower jaw and the tongue and tongue-retaining appliances that reposition the tongue.
The custom-fitted devices work by repositioning the jaw and/or tongue to keep the airway open during sleep and promote better air intake. In effect, they prevent the tongue and other soft tissues in the mouth from collapsing and obstructing the airway.
Most patients become fully accustomed and comfortable using their new oral appliance within the first week. Tolerance and compliance rates with the device are significantly higher than with CPAP. With regular use, the majority of oral appliance therapy patients see significant improvements in snoring and mild sleep apnea symptoms.
Take the first step towards a better night’s sleep and a healthier lifestyle for you and your bed partner. Make an appointment at Atlanta Snoring Institute for an evaluation today.