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How to treat sleep apnea with a dental appliance?

by Alex Combatti The TRU Dentistry Idea | Dentist in Austin

If in any case you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea then there are a number of treatment options to discuss with your dentist in TRU Dentistry Austin. Two of the most widely used and most effective are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and dental appliances, or mouth guards, and others are listed below. 

The most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP blows air with continuous pressure down your throat at night to keep your airways open while you sleep. The treatment is done using a CPAP machine, which consists of three main parts:

  • Mask that fits over your nose -- or your nose and mouth -- and is held in place with straps while you sleep

  • The motor that blows air

  • A large tube called a cannula that connects the motor to the mask

CPAP machines are small, lightweight, and relatively quiet. If you travel, you should take your CPAP with you.

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Mouthguards

Similar to mandibular advancement devices, these devices also help reposition your lower jaw, although to a lesser degree. Some sleep physicians recommend SnoreRx, which you can purchase online for less than $100. Instead of starting with an impression of your teeth created by a dentist, you use what the company calls the “boil and bite” method. You place the device in a cup of boiling water for a minute and then bite down on the softened plastic so it molds to your teeth.

Tongue-retaining devices. 

These devices consist of a soft plastic splint placed around your tongue that holds it forward and out of your mouth throughout the night. They tend to make your mouth very dry and can be quite uncomfortable.

Most insurance plans at least partially cover these devices when used for OSA, but not if they’re used for simple snoring. Don’t be tempted to try one unless you’ve been formally diagnosed with OSA.. And even if you have OSA, be sure to call your insurance company so you understand how much is covered before you have a dental device made.


Mandibular advancement device (MAD). 


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 possible for the lower jaw to be relaxed forward. Some, such as the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP), allow you to control the degree of advancement.


To know more about the devices and to get the best treatment from the best dentist in Austin get an appointment fixed with TRU dentistry Austin.

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