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What are sleep apnea mouth guards?
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: MAD
Mandibular advancement devices (mad) - they pull the lower jaw forward to open of the lower airway and pull the tongue forward.
They can be very effective - but see a sleep specialist who can fit you for one and monitor success.

In brief: MAD
Mandibular advancement devices (mad) - they pull the lower jaw forward to open of the lower airway and pull the tongue forward.
They can be very effective - but see a sleep specialist who can fit you for one and monitor success.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Robert Haake
These oral appliances are actually fabricated by dentists who treat sleep apnea patients. The sleep specialist will refer you to one if that's the treatment option of choice.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Dentistry - Cosmetic
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In brief: Sleep apnea
These devices are designed to hold the lower jaw forward of the normal bite.
This brings the tongue forward which causes an increase in the opening at the back of the throat, allowing more are to pass by.

In brief: Sleep apnea
These devices are designed to hold the lower jaw forward of the normal bite.
This brings the tongue forward which causes an increase in the opening at the back of the throat, allowing more are to pass by.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Dr. Mark Birnbach
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In brief: Mandible forward
The CPAP machine and the many variations of CPAP are the "gold standard" of care for sleep apnea.
But many people can't tolerate the machines for a variety of reasons including comfort, claustrophobia, etc. I get a lot of referrals from sleep specialists in the quad cities to make these patients oral mouthpieces, designed to bring the mandible forward and hold it there which opens up the airway.

In brief: Mandible forward
The CPAP machine and the many variations of CPAP are the "gold standard" of care for sleep apnea.
But many people can't tolerate the machines for a variety of reasons including comfort, claustrophobia, etc. I get a lot of referrals from sleep specialists in the quad cities to make these patients oral mouthpieces, designed to bring the mandible forward and hold it there which opens up the airway.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Special appliances
They are special appliances designed to force the lower jaw forward.
By doing this the tongue moves forward opening up the back of the throat improving the airway.

In brief: Special appliances
They are special appliances designed to force the lower jaw forward.
By doing this the tongue moves forward opening up the back of the throat improving the airway.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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