HDA Sleep Appliance
HOW DOES YOUR DENTIST PLAY A ROLE IN SLEEP APNEA?
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Who is a Candidate?
According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, oral appliances are a front-line treatment for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer oral appliances to Continuoues Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), who does not respond to CPAP, who are not candidates for CPAP, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP or behavorial measures such as weight loss or sleep positiion change.
What is an Oral Appliance?
This small plastic device fits in the mouth during sleep like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissue in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep and promoting adequate air intake.
Advantages or the Oral Appliance:
Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear. Most people find that it only takes a couple of weeks to become acclimated to wearing the appliance. Oral appliances are small and convenient, making them east to carry when traveling. Treatment with oral appliances is reversible and non-invasive.