Once a patient has been diagnosed with a sleep apnea condition, recommendations for treatment can include behavior and lifestyle changes, oral appliance therapy (OAT) CPAP wear (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device), and surgery. Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is often the option for treatment. These appliances can be very effective for patients who suffer from snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances may also be recommended for the severe sleep apnea patients who are unable to tolerate CPAP.
There are over 100 different appliances approved by FDA for treating sleep apnea. Although these appliances have an appearance similar to mouth guards, they are unique and require specific design, fabrication and customized fittings to achieve successful treatment results through proper positioning of the lower jaw and tongue. The doctors of TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre are specifically trained and experienced in oral appliance therapy. They utilize advanced technology and specialized equipment to measure the airway, predict improvement, and determine custom appliance designs. The doctors monitor patient care for success and efficacy in treatment results. To maintain success, the appliances require regular follow-up and monitor.
The patient considering OAT (oral appliance therapy) for sleep apnea should seek care from dentists specifically trained and experienced in dental sleep medicine and custom appliance design.