How do oral appliances work for sleep apnea treatment?
The type of oral appliance we use to treat your sleep apnea will depend on your particular symptoms and condition. Once you receive an obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis through an accredited sleep study clinic, you may choose to have an oral appliance instead of a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. While CPAP machines are highly effective in the treatment of sleep apnea, many patients do not tolerate them well and have difficulty sleeping.
Types of Oral Appliances
According to the AASM, oral appliances are effective as a treatment for minor to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances typically work in one of two ways. They either gently move your lower jaw forward, opening your airway, or they gently pull your tongue forward using a suction bulb, achieving the same result.
The first type of appliance is much more common and is effective for most people with obstructive sleep apnea. If you have questions about whether treatment with an oral appliance is right for your obstructive sleep apnea, call our Irvine, California dental office for an evaluation.
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