overview of oral appliances
Oral Appliances are plastic devices worn over the upper and lower teeth, similar
to an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard. Worn during sleep, oral appliances
prevent the soft tissues of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway.
The appliances move the lower jaw slightly forward, bringing the base of the tongue
with it, opening the airway to allow improved breathing, reduced snoring and fewer
apneas during sleep.
Oral appliances can be used alone or in conjunction with other means of sleep
apnea therapy such as continuous positive air pressure (CPAP). Determination of
proper therapy can only be made by joint consultation of your dentist and sleep
Currently there are at least 40 different designs of oral appliances available
to specially trained dentists to treat snoring and sleep apnea.
At Louisville Dental Sleep Medicine we use four different mandibular repositioning
appliances as primary treatment.
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