If you’re struggling with obstructive sleep apnea, you may think that the only treatment option available to you is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). However, for many patients, this isn’t the right option. A large percentage of patients with obstructive sleep apnea find themselves unable to adjust to the sounds and sensations of their CPAP system. If you’re struggling to adjust to CPAP, a custom oral appliance may offer an effective alternative. If you want to learn more about sleep apnea appliances and other treatment options, call to schedule a consultation with Byron Reintjes, DDS and his Frisco sleep dentistry team.
If you’ve ever taken a CPR or life support course, you likely remember one of the first steps you should take before beginning mouth to mouth is repositioning the head. To open the airway, you’ll tilt the head back and pull the jaw forward. Oral appliances provide the same effect using a discrete, comfortable custom-crafted oral splint. Sleep apnea appliances are also referred to as mandibular advancement splints. They reposition the mandible, jaw, shifting it forward to place pressure on the throat muscles to keep the airway clear, preventing apnea events.
If any of the following descriptions sound like you, it may be time to consider talking to Dr. Reintjes and his team about a sleep apnea appliance:
If you have severe obstructive sleep apnea and you want to improve the efficacy and comfort of CPAP therapy, we may recommend combining a custom sleep apnea appliance with your CPAP system.
We use the SomnoDent line of oral appliances because they offer a wide variety of effective treatment options to meet any patient’s needs. Like other mandibular advancement appliances, the SomnoDent line repositions the jaw to keep the airway clear during sleep. Depending on the patient, there are SomnoDent appliances that allow for greater jaw movement during wear, so you can speak and even drink water. For those patients with strong gag reflexes, there are SomnoDent appliances that offer increased tongue space. We can discuss your particular case and help you to create a personalized treatment plan to deliver the ideal results.