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Oral appliances may be an alternative to CPAP for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea who do not tolerate or refuse CPAP.
The oral appliance fits into the mouth during sleep like a mouth guard. It holds the jaw forward which prevents the collapse of the tongue and tissue in the back of the throat so the airway remains open and allows for better breathing and air intake, which can effectively reduce sleep apnea as well as reduce or eliminate snoring.
At the Sleep Disorder Center at St. Anthony Hospital, a sleep study will determine the severity of your sleep apnea and we can discuss whether an oral appliance may be an appropriate treatment option. We will assess your individual sleep disorder and provide a referral to dentist who specializes in sleep disorder dentistry for evaluation and fitting of the oral appliance.
To schedule an evaluation, contact the Sleep Disorder Center at 720-321-8000.
Some common oral appliances used for treatment of sleep apnea and snoring include:
Respire Blue Series - One of the latest oral appliances available for the treatment of sleep apnea. The appliance has been found by our dental partners to be very comfortable, secure and durable.
SomnoMed - The lease bulky of the oral appliances, the SomnoMed fits to the upper and lower teeth in two separate pieces allowing the patient to yawn, speak or drink with the appliance in.
Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAPIII) - This device is ideal for combining with CPAP for patients with severe sleep apnea who can tolerate the CPAP, but not the high pressure needed to fully open their airway. It is also the only applianace that allows for adjustment by the patient or doctor while in the mouth.
Photographs courtesy of R. Sam Callender, DDS, MS, MSD
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