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A 32-year-old member asked:

can a dental appliance help sleep apnea?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Calvert
Dentistry 36 years experience
Sleep apnea: A CPAP is the treatment of choice for sleep apnea. However, many people either don't like that apparatus, can't wear it or won't wear it. It is also difficult to travel with. An oral appliance fitted by a trained dentist can keep the airway open to eliminate sleep apnea. The appliance worn inside the mouth positions the lower jaw slightly forward thus keeping the airway open. It also stops snoring.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Caution: I've seen many patients who created a malocclusion by not having their appliance checked and adjusted periodically. Regular dental care is a must if you don't want to cause need for Orthodontics/Jaw Surgery.
Jan 17, 2014
Dr. David May
Dentistry 30 years experience
Yes: The recommendation from the american academy of sleep medicine for mild or moderate sleep apnea is CPAP or an oral appliance. For severe sleep apnea the recommendation is try CPAP first and only use an oral appliance if you can nit tolerate the cpap. The dentist must be experienced in treating osa.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Absolutely!: According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What dental devices are used to treat sleep apnea?

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Dr. Thomas Stern
Pulmonary Critical Care 24 years experience
Apnea treatment: There are 2 dental devices that I am familiar with - a mandibular advancing device and a tongue repositioning device. There are multiple manufacturers for each device. They both work by repositioning your anatomy and increasing the space behind your tongue.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Sleep apnea - was just told to use the dental appliance. When can I expect it to get better?

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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 41 years experience
Immediately: According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine. Followup psg testing should be done by sleep physician to give objective evidence of effectiveness.

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