American Sleep Association Oral Appliance
There are several treatment options for sleep apnea. One of the options is the American Sleep Association Oral Appliance. These sleep apnea dental devices are specially designed by dental professionals to mold to the unique shape of the patient’s mouth. They are effective at eliminating and reducing snoring and sleep apnea.
How Does the American Sleep Association Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Work?
American Sleep Association 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.
American Sleep Association 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. American Sleep Association Oral Appliances and 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 American Sleep Association oral appliance is used (to determine the diagnosis), and after the oral appliance is used (to determine if it is effective).
Consequences of American Sleep Association 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.
American Sleep Association Oral Appliance is a primary treatment option for mild to moderate sleep apnea and severe OSA in patients who cannot tolerate CPAP.