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Man sleeping in bed with sleep apnea device

Sleep apnea is a serious condition where your breathing stops and starts repeatedly while asleep. This can lead to feeling tired all day, heart problems, and even trouble thinking clearly. In the U.S., 26% of people aged 30 to 70 have obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine, but did you know that dentists can also play a big role? For those with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), oral and mandibular devices can help keep your airway open while you sleep.

Explore how dentistry can manage sleep apnea and discover leading oral appliance solutions.

What Are Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances?

Oral appliances for sleep apnea are designed to maintain an open, unobstructed airway during sleep by repositioning or stabilizing the jaw, tongue, or both. These custom-fitted devices are similar to mouthguards and are typically recommended for patients with mild to moderate OSA or those who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy.

SomnoDent Oral Appliance

The SomnoDent oral appliance is a popular choice among both dentists and patients. This device works by gently advancing the lower jaw forward, preventing the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing and blocking the airway during sleep.

SomnoDent is custom-fitted and adjustable, allowing maximum effectiveness and comfort. Its design allows you to open and close your mouth, talk, and even drink water without removing the appliance, offering a major advantage in terms of convenience and quality of life.

Narval – Mandibular Repositioning Device

The Narval CC (Cranio Cervical) is a mandibular repositioning device (MRD) that uses a unique, lightweight, and flexible framework to treat OSA. Unlike traditional oral appliances made from hard acrylic, the Narval CC is crafted from resilient biocompatible nylon material, providing a comfortable fit while effectively advancing the lower jaw to keep the airway open.

Its innovative design minimizes bulk in the mouth, making it less intrusive and more comfortable to wear overnight. The Narval CC’s effectiveness is due to tailoring the degree of jaw advancement to each patient’s individual needs, optimizing both comfort and airway patency.

Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP)

The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) is another effective solution for managing sleep apnea through dentistry. The TAP device is one of the few oral appliances that allows for controlled adjustability of the mandibular position. Using a unique mechanism, you can fine-tune the degree of jaw advancement to the most effective position for maintaining an open airway while maintaining maximum comfort.

The TAP’s ability to be adjusted by the patient is a benefit, allowing for incremental improvements in airway patency and symptom relief over time.

Schedule Your Sleep Apnea Evaluation Today

Ready to take the first step toward a better night’s sleep and improved health? Contact Smile On Dental Salon & Sleep Apnea Center today! Our dedicated team of dental professionals can provide custom-fitted oral appliances designed to manage sleep apnea.

We can guide you toward the best solution for your needs if you’re interested in exploring the SomnoDent Oral Appliance, Narval MRD, or the Thornton Adjustable Positioner. Don’t let sleep apnea control your life any longer.

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