For people with sleep apnea, dental appliances or oral “mandibular advancement” devices that prevent the tongue from blocking the throat or advance the lower jaw forward can be made. These appliances help keep the airway open during sleep. A dental expert who is trained in oral health, TMJ, and dental occlusion can check on which type of device may be best for you.
Research has shown that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, in many cases, making it possible to treat this disorder without surgery. An oral appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard. Oral appliances support your jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.
Many patients consider a sleep apnea appliance to be more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. Oral appliances also are quiet, portable and easy to care for.
Dr. Dale Rolando has studied to be able to work with patients who suffer from Sleep Related Disorders and through a thorough exam can help you to correct these issues.