How Does the Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Work?
Sleep apnea oral appliances work by moving the jaw forward, which increases the size of the upper airway, thus reducing the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring.
Oral appliances for sleep apnea are often used as a substitute for CPAP or sleep apnea oral surgery. It is often used in conjunction with weight loss if the individual is overweight. Sleep apnea mouth guards are anti-snoring devices. They reduce airway turbulence and stop snoring.
These custom sleep apnea mouthpieces, often called by the general public, ‘sleep apnea mouth guards’, are often most effective in sleep apnea patients who have mild or moderate sleep apnea.
Sleep physicians often recommend a sleep study before a snoring mouthpiece is recommended (to determine the diagnosis), and after the oral appliance is used (to determine if it is effective).
Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
- Improved compliance of therapy compared to other treatments for sleep apnea
- Compact and portable – device can fit in a pocket
- Discreet – device is not visible to bed partner when mouth is closed
- Immediate response – most patients see improvement on the first night
Energy conservation – the device does not use any electricity. You don’t have to plug the device into a wall to function.