Types of Sleep Apnea Appliances
Sleep apnea oral appliances are small devices that work to keep the airway open during sleep. There are two basic types of these appliances. The first is the mandibular advancement device. The MAD is made of acrylic that gently positions the lower jaw forward, which keeps the tongue and other soft tissues out of the airway. The second is the tongue retaining device is a pliable appliance that keeps the tongue out of the airway. Both types of oral appliances for sleep apnea are custom-fit and specially designed to meet specific needs. Our office uses only FDA approved appliances for sleep apnea.
Available oral appliances for sleep apnea include a variety of models and brands, including:
• Snap Fit Telescopic Herbst, which can be easily adjusted while you wear it
• Day Splint
• Rickets or Tanner
• Tap 1, which can be used for snoring or sleep apnea
• Silencer, which is a fully adjustable oral appliance with titanium precision attachments
• Gelb Splint
• Sleep Herbst
• Tap 3 Elite, which has a patient-friendly design that has been shown to improve breathing in 95 percent of patients
• Serrano Sleeper
Wearing properly fitted oral appliances for sleep apnea can dramatically improve the quality of sleep for people who suffer from sleep apnea. Each appliance is carefully chosen based on the user’s needs, and they are completely personalized for the best results. Most people adapt quickly, and the appliances are well tolerated. You can easily pack and travel with your oral appliance.
Oral appliance therapy is most effective for people who snore or who have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. You may be a candidate for oral appliance therapy if lifestyle changes are were not effective or you cannot tolerate treatment with a sleep apnea machine. Our dentist will determine the best appliance for you and fabricate an FDA-approved appliance that is further customized based on your clinical signs and symptoms. This process can take a few weeks as we adjust and fine tune your new appliance to maximize its effectiveness.
The selection of oral appliances may seem overwhelming, but most can be categorized as either a tongue retaining appliance or a mandibular advancement appliance. Each design offers specific benefits and will be chosen based on how well those benefits align with your unique needs. After your appliance has been adjusted, regular checkups will be important for keeping your treatment on track and ensuring continued improvement. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule your consultation.