Rationale for oral appliances

Mandibular Repositioning Appliance

Oral Appliances for sleep apnea and snoring work by repositioning the jaw and tongue more forward during sleep. This helps open the airway by moving the tongue and all the structures attached to it forward. For many obstructive sleep apnea sufferers, the restriction to breathing is centered in the area behind the tongue, from the uvula down to the vocal cords. A slight amount of repositioning forward can make a substantial change in the amount of open airway. More air flowing brings less noise, more restful sleep.