How Oral Appliances Work
If you have ever worn a custom orthodontic retainer, orthotic for nighttime teeth grinding or an athletic mouth guard, you have an idea what it is like to wear one of these oral appliances. Oral Appliance Therapy is an accepted form of therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring.Dental appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea can replace your CPAP and generally work under the principle of advancing the lower jaw and are know as Mandibular Advancement Devices or MADs. Although there are a number of mandibular advancing devices, they all are striving to do essentially the same thing.
That is they:
• Move the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and hyoid bone into a position to help create a more open airway.
• Help to prevent airway closure during sleep by stabilizing the tongue, mandible, and hyoid bone.
• Give the tongue muscles an artificial muscle tone. This increased muscle tone makes the tongue less likely to relax and cover the airway during sleep.