Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances

Do I Have a Sleep Disorder? If three or more of these apply to you there may be cause for concern. Please let us know so that we can discuss this further. Contact us to discuss how we can assist you with our Tampa sleep apnea solutions.

  1. I have been told that I snore
  2. I have been told that I stop breathing when I sleep, although I may have no recollection of this
  3. I am always sleepy during the day, even if I sleep throughout the night, and get 7 or more hours of sleep
  4. I have high blood pressure
  5. I have been told that I sleep restlessly. I am always tossing and turning while asleep
  6. I frequently awaken with headaches in the morning
  7. I tend to fall asleep during inappropriate situations
  8. Others and/or I have noticed a recent change in my personality
  9. I am overweight
  10. The diameter of my neck is at least 17 inches (16 for a woman)
     

Oral Appliances

Similar to orthodontic appliances or sports mouth guards, anti-snoring devices are worn in the mouth during sleep to treat snoring and sleep apnea. A sleep apnea dental Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece appliance works by holding your lower jaw open and slightly forward during sleep. This prevents the tongue from falling back into the airway and contacting the back of the throat causing an obstruction. The airway remains open, promoting adequate air intake, and reduces air velocity and soft tissue vibration and collapse. In order to work with an optimal treatment outcome, a sleep apnea mouth guard or oral appliance must be custom fitted by a dentist who will ensure that the appliance molds to the patient’s mouth and provides maximum benefit. The dentist may also work with the patient’s physician in the diagnosis, treatment, and on-going care. Today, approximately 70 different oral appliances are available for the treatment of snoring and/or sleep apnea. These devices may be used alone or in conjunction with other means of treating snoring and/or sleep apnea, including weight management, surgery, or CPAP. Compared to other treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea, such as CPAP, oral appliances offer many advantages, including:

  • Oral appliances are easily portable and convenient
  • Oral appliances are ideal for patients who are not good candidates for surgery
  • Oral appliances are more discreet and less cumbersome than CPAP
  • Oral appliances can be used in combination with other approaches, including alternate sleep positions and weight loss
  • Oral appliances are custom-designed by your dentist for the patient’s mouth and individual circumstances
  • Oral appliances are easy to wear and comfortable
  • Oral appliance therapy is non-invasive and reversible