Oral Appliance Treatment for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Similar to orthodontic appliances or sports mouth guards, anti-snoring and apnea devices are worn in the mouth during sleep to treat snoring and sleep apnea. These oral appliances work 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, oral appliances must be custom fitted by a qualified dentist like Dr. Addy and Grosdidier who will ensure that the appliance molds to the patient's mouth and provides maximum benefit. Once the appliance is fitted titration and adjusments begin. This process can take anywhere from 1 week to several months, depending on each patients situation. 

Today many different oral appliance option 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. Dr.'s Addy and Grosdidier are proud to be the only dentists in the Kansas City Area with two doctors specializing in the treatment of Dental Sleep Medicine. Both Dr. Addy and Dr. Grosdidier are Diplomates of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.  Snoring And Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center is the only office who is Site Accredited with the AADSM in Kansas.

Oral appliances can be classified in two ways:

Mandibular Repositioning Appliances
These appliances reposition and maintain the lower jaw (mandible) in a protruded position during sleep. As a result, the airway is opened by indirectly pulling the tongue forward. It also holds the lower jaw in a stable position to prevent opening of the mouth.

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 or prefer a less invasive approach than surgery
  • Oral appliances are more discreet and less cumbersome than CPAP machines
  • Oral appliances can be used in combination with other your CPAP often replacing a chin strap
  • Oral appliances are custom-designed by your dentist for the patient's mouth and individual needs of use
  • Oral appliances are easy to wear and comfortable

Tongue Retaining Appliances
These oral devices function by holding the tongue in a forward position, which serves to keep the back of the tongue from collapsing during sleep and obstructing the airway in the throat.

At Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center, our dentists are specially trained and Board Certified in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea using oral appliances. There is no one appliance that treats all patients needs, we can determine which device is best suited for your specific needs after a through consultaion and exam with either Dr. Addy or Dr. Grosdidier.

Contact Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center for more information or to schedule an appointment with a dental professional specially trained in oral appliance therapy.

More information on the types of oral appliances can be found here.