Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances and Dental Devices
There are several treatment options for sleep apnea. One of the options is the oral appliance. Also called Jaw Advancing Device (JAD) or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), these sleep apnea mouth pieces are custom made by dentists using a plastic-like mold to form to the specific shape of the patients teeth and mouth. Not only do they work against sleep apnea, they are also effective to stop snoring.
How Does the Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Work?
Sleep apnea oral appliances work by moving the jaw forward, which increases the size of the upper airway, thus reducing the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring.
Oral appliances for sleep apnea are often used as a substitute for CPAP or sleep apnea oral surgery. It is often used in conjunction with weight loss if the individual is overweight. Sleep apnea mouth guards are anti-snoring devices. They reduce airway turbulence and stop snoring.
These custom sleep apnea mouthpieces, often called by the general public, ‘sleep apnea mouth guards’, are often most effective in sleep apnea patients who have mild or moderate sleep apnea.
Sleep physicians often recommend a sleep study before the oral appliance is used (to determine the diagnosis), and after the oral appliance is used (to determine if it is effective).
Consequences of Oral Appliance Therapy
Some sleep apnea patients who use oral appliances experience TMJ or temporal mandibular joint arthritis or arthralgia (pain). Others report an unusual sensation shortly after removing the device in which they have difficulty bring their teeth together in the usual position. Some patients experience teeth shifting after prolonged use. Occasionally orthodontic care is required to normalize the teeth positioning.
Although there are several businesses that sell oral appliances on the internet, it is important that your sleep physician, primary care doctor, and/or dentist approve the appliance, as many of the over-the-internet ‘boil and bite’ mouth pieces for sleep apnea are not effective.
- What is Sleep Apnea?
- Sleep Apnea Signs and Symptoms
- Sleep Apnea – Diagnosis
- Support groups
- Sleep Apnea Mouth Piece
- List of Oral Appliances for Treating Sleep Apnea
- Other Sleep Apnea Devices
The oral appliance is one of several cpap alternatives. The mouth guard is sleep apnea treatment without cpap.
There are several alternatives to cpap. These dental appliance for sleep apnea are sleep apnea dental devices. Sleep apnea dental appliance are not suitable for all patients. Sleep apnea dental devices are generally more effective in mild – moderate sleep apnea cases.
How much do sleep apnea oral appliances cost?
This depends on the type of the snore mouthpiece. The average cost for a sleep apnea mouth guard is estimated at $1800 – $2000. This includes the actual mouthpiece, dentist visits, adjustments, follow ups and modifications to the dental device. Most health insurance companies and Medicare cover sleep apnea oral appliances.
Review of snore guards, and anti snoring mouth guards and American Sleep Association oral appliance are found on the related links above.
How do you get a sleep apnea oral appliance and dental device?
The first step to getting any sleep apnea treatment device is talking to your doctor. Some are candidates for certain sleep therapies while others are excluded because of medical history or anatomy. Discuss your symptoms with your healthcare professional. If warranted, a sleep study might be ordered. If a diagnosis of sleep apnea is made, treatment options for OSA will be discussed. If a dental device is indicated, you will be referred to a dentist who specializes in treatment of sleep disordered breathing. The dentist usually takes an impression (a mold) of the teeth bite – called a bite registration. A reproduction of your teeth is made of plaster. With your teeth model, a sleep apnea oral appliance is designed.
With the increase in supply of manufacturers and qualified dentists, sleep apnea oral appliances (Oral Appliance Therapy) have become a popular treatment for sleep disordered breathing and snoring.