Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition that affects over 20 million Americans. OSA occurs when your airway is obstructed by throat tissue, resulting in interrupted breathing throughout the night. Every time your breathing stops, your brain will force your body awake into a semi-conscious state so it can take a proper breath. For some patients, this can happen hundreds of times a night without them realizing it.
Sleep apnea treatment focuses on helping your body breathe freely all night long, so you can keep your oxygen levels healthy and enjoy a full night’s sleep again. There are several non-surgical treatment options available for sleep apnea, including:
- CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) – CPAP is very effective when patients are compliant, but unfortunately, many people find it impossible to sleep with the CPAP mask attached to their face. If you have had trouble with CPAP in the past, we recommend one of the dental appliance treatments below.
- Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) – The TAP appliance is designed to move your lower jaw forward while you are asleep, allowing for an unobstructed flow of air. It is the only sleep apnea appliance that can be adjusted while you are asleep by another person (e.g. your bed partner).
- Herbst Appliance – If you grind your teeth heavily at night, the Herbst appliance is a durable option that can relieve chronic snoring and mild to moderate OSA.
- SomnoMed MAS – This device allows you to comfortably open and close your mouth while it is worn, and can be incrementally adjusted to improve its effectiveness and comfort.
- Tongue Retaining Device (TRD) – The TRD adapts to the contours of your teeth and mouth arches. Instead of using your teeth to stay in place, your tongue is held forward by the negative pressure created in the front of the appliance.
- Moses Oral Appliance – The Moses appliances increases the amount of room in your mouth for your tongue, making it less likely to collapse and obstruct your airway. It also helps prevent bruxism and teeth clenching.
- Oasys Sleep Appliance – This appliance is designed to dilate your nasal airways for improved breathing. It has been FDA-approved for the treatment of snoring and OSA.
If you have sleep apnea and would like to take advantage of our non-surgical treatment options, please contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with Phoenix sleep apnea dentist Dr. David Wilcox. Desert Smiles serves patients in the Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale areas of Arizona.