Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A custom-fit oral sleep appliance can improve your sleep, restore your alertness and revitalize your health. Here is a guide to help you get started with this life-changing treatment.
About Oral Appliance Therapy
Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:
- Easy to wear
- Convenient for travel
- Easy to care for
How Our Doctors Can Help: The First Visit
Drs. Rothman and Kim will work closely with physicians to treat snoring and sleep apnea. At your first visit, our specialists will talk to you about the benefits of treatment. During this visit our specialists will
conduct a complete clinical evaluation. This will include an examination of your teeth, jaw, tongue and airway, and possibly a new X-ray of your mouth. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.
Making and Fitting Your Oral Appliance
Oral appliances are customized using physical impressions and
models of your teeth. These models are sent to a dental lab where the
appliance is made.
Once your oral appliance is ready, you will return to our office for a fitting. Our specialists will adjust the appliance to maximize its comfort and effectiveness. You also will learn how to clean the oral appliance and
maintain it. After this fitting, your sleep doctor may schedule you for a sleep study to verify treatment success.