Oral Appliance Treatment

Similar to sports mouth guards or certain orthodontic treatments, anti-snoring devices are removable appliances worn in the mouth while you sleep. They are designed to treat snoring and sleep apnea and work by keeping your lower jaw slightly forward and open while you sleep. This position can help prevent the tongue from falling into the airway, making contact with the back of the throat, and causing an obstruction or blockage. With the anti-snoring or anti-sleep apnea device in place, your airway will remain open, effectively allowing sufficient air intake and reducing air velocity as well as the occurrence of soft tissue vibration and collapse.

In order to provide the best outcome, oral appliances should be custom-fitted by a dentist, such as Dr. Hanosh, who will ensure that the appliance molds comfortably and exactly to your mouth and provides the maximum benefit. Throughout the diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care, Dr. Hanosh may also work with your family physician if necessary.

Thanks to the advances in modern dentistry and healthcare, there are now approximately 70 different oral appliances available for treating snoring and/or sleep apnea. Depending on your individual situation and circumstances, these devices may be used alone or with other sleep apnea/snoring treatments, including surgery, weight management, or the C-PAP.

There are two main classifications of oral appliances:

Tongue-Retaining Appliances

Tongue-retaining appliances work by keeping the tongue in a forward position. This prevents the back of the tongue from collapsing and obstructing the throat’s airway while you sleep.

Mandibular Repositioning Appliances

Mandibular repositioning appliances are designed to reposition and then maintain the lower jaw (mandible) in a protruded or forward position as you sleep. As a result, the airway is kept open by indirectly moving and keeping the tongue forward. The mandibular repositioning appliance will also hold the lower jaw in a stable position to prevent the mouth from opening.

Compared to other snoring and sleep apnea treatment options such as the C-PAP, oral appliances have many advantages. These include:

  • Comfortable and easy to wear
  • Non-invasive and reversible
  • Convenient and easily portable
  • Custom designed by Dr. Hanosh for your unique mouth and circumstances
  • Can be used with other treatments, including weight loss and alternate sleep positions
  • Ideal for those who are not candidates for surgery
  • More discreet and less cumbersome than the C-PAP

At Hanosh Family Dentistry, we have many years of education and experience in treating snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliances. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or if you suffer from snoring, we invite you to contact our office in Paradise today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hanosh, our sleep apnea dentist. We look forward to providing you with a healthier life and more good nights’ rest soon!