An oral appliance is a solution for people who have issues with snoring and sleep apnea. It helps keep the airway open during sleep to prevent irregularities in breathing. If you’re looking to snore less or reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea, an oral appliance is an alternative to the usual bulky treatments like CPAP machines.
What Is An Oral Appliance?
An oral appliance is used to move the lower jaw (the mandible) forward in the mouth and hold it in place.
It supports the jaw and opens the upper airway making it easier for air to pass through, reducing snoring. Using an oral appliance reduces the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea by keeping the throat muscles from closing and blocking the airway.
What Kinds of Oral Appliances Are There?
There are many different types of oral appliances, but they generally all do the same thing. According to the American Dental Association, an oral appliance moves the mandible, tongue or soft palate forward to open airway space and reduce the risk of snoring. Custom made oral appliances are available from your Glen Burnie sleep apnea specialist, and offer better results than non-custom options
A custom oral appliance is a compact, economical solution to snoring and sleep apnea. Our sleep specialists can custom fit one to suit your needs and help you get the relief you need. If you think you may benefit from an oral appliance, contact us today to schedule a consultation at Chesapeake Sleep Center.
Chesapeake Sleep Center
7711 Quarterfield Road, Suite C-1
Glen Burnie, MD 21061