Custom oral appliances prescribed by a physician and created by a trained dentist are an FDA approved treatment for mild to moderate OSA and an alternate treatment for CPAP-intolerant or non-compliant cases. Many find that oral appliances are preferable compared to CPAP, with use rates objectively measured at 83%. Oral appliances have been shown to be as effective as CPAP on many real-world measures like daytime sleepiness, cognitive performance and high blood pressure.
The process includes:
In-home sleep testing
Dentist takes impressions for oral appliance
Custom appliance is made and fitted to patient
Follow up in-home sleep test
Ongoing treatment with regular cleanings
Do not mistake OAT with a drugstore snore guard, which is not FDA cleared for treating OSA. Attempting to treat OSA with an unapproved device and not under the care of a trained professional could exacerbate the condition leading to potentially serious complications.
Oral appliances are custom made to fit the patient’s teeth and jaw
Portable for easy and convenient travel
No dry or itchy respiratory symptoms like those often associated with CPAP
Unlike CPAP, oral appliances are silent and will not disrupt partner’s sleep
Oral appliance therapy is less expensive and more convenient than both CPAP and surgery