As people become more aware of sleep apnea, using an oral appliance is increasing in popularity. Oral appliances come in hundreds of shapes and sizes and can treat all cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Finding the right appliance for you can be a simple task with the help from your Doctor. These appliances are worn in the mouth similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard. The job of an oral appliance is to hold the lower jaw forward just enough to keep the airway open and prevent the tongue and upper airway muscles from collapsing onto the airway resulting in lack of oxygen. This will make sure the airway is kept open, and you will be breathing with no problem throughout the night.
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. Appliances bought over the counter may not be as effective and can result in jaw problems, so be sure to get fitted for your appliance to be guaranteed a proper treatment.