Oral Appliance Therapy

Traditionally, sleep apnea has been treated with a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (PAP) machine, in which the sleeping person wears a mask connected to a small machine that continuously pushes fresh air into the mouth and nose. Unfortunately, people have found these devices uncomfortable and less than 50% of people prescribed these devises actually use as recommended.

As quoted from the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine, “We recommend that sleep physicians consider prescription of oral appliances, rather than no treatment, for adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are intolerant of PAP therapy or prefer alternate therapy.” Dr. Kannan Ramas, MBBS, MD of the May Clinic in Rochester, MN

Oral Appliance Therapy is an alternative treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Angela custom-fits a “mouth guard-like” that helps maintain an open, unobstructed airway, improving your sleep, restoring your alertness, and revitalizing your health.

Worn only during sleep, this oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer, supporting the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research has shown that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Oral Appliance Therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like wearing an oral appliance because it is:

Oral appliances are custom made using impressions of your teeth. Your molds are sent to our dental lab for fabrication of the oral appliance. Once the appliance is ready, we will have you wear it for proper fit. Adjustments can continue to be made to the oral appliance insuring maximize comfort and effectiveness.
Some patients prefer to wear an oral appliance because they are easy to wear. Most people find it only takes a few days to become acclimated to wearing the appliance. Oral appliances are small and convenient. Treatment with oral appliances is reversible and non-invasive.
On average, the bed partner of a snorer loses at least an hour of sleep per night, according to a study published by Mayo clinic proceedings. A PAP machine may silence the snoring, but its constantly running motor might not help the bed partner sleep more soundly. Oral Appliance Therapy is a quieter option that can minimize the symptoms of sleep apnea, such as loud snoring, without making a peep of its own.
An oral appliance is easy to transport from one place to another. Travel freely without worrying about power supplies or battery backups. Each oral appliance comes with its own carrying case for protection. Due to their size, oral appliances can fit discreetly in a purse or briefcase. Please do not leave your oral appliances in extreme cold or hot as extreme temperatures can cause the appliances to distort altering their fit.
Oral appliances are easy to care for. We recommend using an oral appliance cleaning table, like SomTabs. SomTabs are the only oral appliance cleaning tablet that does not contain Sodium Perborate which is linked with toxicity to reproduction. Remember to keep your appliance out of direct sunlight. Never use toothpaste on the appliance as it contains abrasives and may cause damage. Never use hot or boiling water for cleaning. Always brush your teeth thoroughly prior to inserting your appliance before bed.
Most appliances can be cleaned by using a toothbrush and mild soap. With each appliance we deliver, a copy of specific cleaning and care instructions will be included. Each appliance includes specific cleaning and care instructions.
Our selection of custom made Oral Appliances are FDA approved technology and come with a minimum of one year warranty.

Now I have so much energy!

“Dr. Angela discovered that I had sleep issues and referred me for a sleep study. Lunn Dentistry made me a sleep appliance and I now have so much energy! I am so grateful.” — Patsy



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