Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes the airway to become blocked or obstructed during sleep. This prevents the person from breathing, causing pauses in breathing or shallow breathing. These pauses in breathing can occur hundreds of times during a single night.
Sleep apnea is also associated with loud snoring, gasping, and choking sounds during sleep. It can cause people to feel fatigued and sleepy during the day, and in severe cases, it can lead to dangerous complications.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)?
Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea is a non-invasive, reversible treatment option. In mild cases, oral appliance therapy can reduce symptoms by repositioning the jaw so that the tongue and soft tissues do not block the airway.
OSA occurs when there is a partial or full blockage of the airway during sleep. This obstruction causes the patient to snore, gasp, and choke throughout the night. Oral appliance therapy relieves the obstruction of the airway, allowing the patient to breathe better through the night. This therapy is more comfortable than CPAP therapy, as the patient is able to sleep throughout the night without experiencing discomfort.
Oral appliance therapy involves using a specially designed oral appliance that is worn while sleeping to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This treatment is often recommended for those patients that cannot tolerate CPAP therapy.
An EMA appliance is a removable, non-invasive oral appliance that is used to address the symptoms of sleep apnea, like snoring. The device is positioned among the mandible via elastic straps bilaterally connected to buttons on the appliance, opening the airway to help prevent or reduce snoring.
- HERBST Appliance Required by most insurance plans.
The Herbst appliance is a device that fits on the upper and lower teeth while the patient sleeps, thus altering the position of the jaw. The device moves the lower jaw a little forward, thus tightening the muscles and soft tissue of the upper airway, keeping the air pathway open, and preventing the patient from encountering a disturbance in breathing.
A monoblock appliance is a horseshoe-shaped appliance that rests on the roof of the mouth around the upper teeth. The appliance pushes the lower jaw forward, which moves the tongue, soft palate, and other tissue out of the way of the airway and keeps the jaws in a fixed closed mandibular advanced position.
Dorsal is an oral appliance used in the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and bruxism. The mouthpiece is custom-made - digitally designed and laser 3D printed to ensure a precise fit. With its sleek design, the Dorsal is comfortable for the user to wear and does not interfere with his comfort. The mouthpiece works by repositioning the lower jaw to keep the hyoid bone moved forward, thus letting the airway remain open during sleep.
OSA Appliance is a treatment option that addresses snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The device is made to fit over the teeth like an orthodontic retainer during sleep and keeps your jaw in a forward position, thus keeping your airway open.
Oral appliances are a great option for people who snore or suffer from sleep apnea. For people who snore, oral appliances treat the obstruction and vibration that causes snoring. The appliance moves the lower jaw slightly forward, which opens the airway for breathing and prevents snoring. For patients with sleep apnea, the oral appliance repositions the tongue and lower jaw forward, which stops the obstruction that causes the airway to collapse.
Is OAT Right for Me?
Oral appliance therapy is a viable treatment option for sleep apneic patients. It is non-invasive and easy to wear, making it an ideal choice for those who prefer not to undergo surgery or CPAP therapy.
To learn more about our procedures, call Sleep Health Partners at (971) 339-0816 or visit us at 9370 SW Greenburg Rd, Suite 422 Rd Suite 422, Portland, 97223.</strong >