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Dental Devices for Sleep Apnea. Mandibular Advancement Devices. The goal of dental devices is to keep the airways unobstructed by opening up the jaw and preventing the tongue from collapsing back into the throat. One of the most popular tools used is a mandibular advancement device (MAD). Mandibular means lower jaw.
Although CPAP is the most popular sleep apnea treatment, dental appliances are becoming more common as research solidifies their efficacy in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea and snoring. Oral devices for sleep apnea are often used as a substitute for CPAP or sleep apnea surgery, as they are more cost-expensive and less invasive.
The most widely used mouth device for sleep apnea, MADs look much like a mouth guard used in sports. The devices snap over the upper and lower dental arches and have metal hinges that make it ...
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For moderate to severe sleep apnea patients, most sleep professionals will recommend CPAP therapy as a first-line treatment option. For mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental device is often the recommended therapy. Dental devices may also be recommended to be worn in conjunction a CPAP device to help lower high pressure needs.
The most commonly used appliance for dental devices when treating sleep apnea and snoring is the MADs. Also called oral appliances, the airways are opened by 1) preventing the lower jaw from falling back and down and 2) keeping the lower jaw slightly open and forward.
A SomnoDent sleep apnea oral appliance is a premium, custom-fitted dental device developed for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It is an effective, comfortable, and durable alternative to CPAP therapy or corrective surgery.
Oral Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The preferred method of treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the CPAP machine. An alternative treatment is oral appliance therapy. One appliance looks like a mouth guard. Another dental device stabilizes the tongue.
Assuming your insurance covers at least half the cost, you should be prepared to pay around $1000 out of pocket for a sleep apnea dental appliance. If you’re tired of waking up after eight hours of sleep and feeling like you’ve slept for less than five, using an oral appliance can help you feel refreshed and awake.
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