Sleep Appliances

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87602618_sm.jpgOral sleep appliances are similar to a nightguard and are worn at night while sleeping. They reposition the jaw forward to keep your airway open for a restful night's sleep. Oral appliance therapy (OAT) can be beneficial for chronic snorers and individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and are intolerable to a CPAP machine.

Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy

  • 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 easy to carry when traveling.
  • Treatment with oral appliances is reversible and non-invasive.

How Oral Appliances Work

  • Repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula
  • Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue
  • Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue

Types of Oral Appliances

Herbst-Appliance-Left.jpgHerbst® Sleep Appliance
The Herbst® Sleep Appliance is a small acrylic device that fits over the upper and lower teeth and tongue (similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard). The device slightly advances the lower jaw or tongue, which moves the base of the tongue forward and opens the airway. This improves breathing and reduces snoring and apnea.