An oral appliance (considered a medical device/equipment) can be a great alternative to using a PAP machine or surgical intervention. It can often alleviate snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These appliances are custom fit by a dental specialist with extensive training in sleep and airway management.
If you and your doctor decide that an oral appliance is the best course of action for treatment, a prescription will be given to you by your doctor to receive a custom-made oral appliance.
Sleep Doctor / Dentist
If you have ever been interested in oral appliances (dental devices), the first step is to call us for an evaluation and consultation. To qualify, you will need to consult with one of our sleep physicians, undergo a sleep or home sleep study test, and visit with one of our many sleep dentists (depending on where you are located) to custom an oral appliance for you to treat issues such as snoring and apnea. Please click here to visit our sleep dental tab to learn more.
In certain cases, getting evaluated by an ENT specialist can give you more options. With various procedures (non-invasive and invasive), there may be an alternative to wearing a PAP machine or using an oral appliance. The nose, mouth and airway will be looked at very closely with meticulous detail. Our ENT will decide if a procedure should be considered. It can be the case, after such a successful procedure, that there will be no need for an oral appliance or PAP machine.
Combination therapy is a great way to help patient with very high PAP pressures. By having a combination of CPAP and oral appliance or oral appliance and surgery, this can often help reduce such high PAP pressures and help the patient feel more comfortable when sleeping. This discussion can be had with your doctor.