An Oral Sleep Appliance might be the ideal choice for you if you suffer from:
- Sleep Apnea
- Upper Airway Resistance
Many of our patients are unaware that they have sleep apnea and/or the seriousness of it when left untreated. Many shy away from diagnosis simply due to the fear of spending the night in a sleep lab (often not the case) or that a CPAP machine is the only solution. Sleep apnea veterans often have low compliance, as they find that CPAP machines can be difficult to tolerate. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has now approved Oral Sleep Appliances or Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD), as viable alternatives for mild to moderate sleep apnea, and severe sleep apnea that has not been successfully treated with a CPAP machine.
An oral sleep appliance is designed to maintain an open and unobstructed airway while sleeping. Each and every sleep appliance is custom fitted. The appliance pushes the lower jaw forward, while pulling the tongue forward and preventing it from falling back and occluding the airway. It is similar to wearing a plastic mouth guard and is much more comfortable than wearing a mask associated with a CPAP machine. It is safe, portable and highly effective.
If you have already had a sleep test and been diagnosed with sleep apnea, email us or call 855-PHD-CARE and we can set up an appointment with Dr. Bakhtiari at your convenience. Otherwise, the cause of your snoring must be determined, and it is essential to get screened. Call 855-PHD-CARE and we would be happy to walk you through the process and help set up the necessary appointments.
Screening For Sleep Apnea
- Make an appointment at your Pulmonologist, to assess your symptoms and order you a sleep test. The good news? These days sleep tests often are done in the comfort of your own bed, using a non-invasive at-home sleep kit.
- Your Pulmonologist will inform you when your sleep kit is ready for pick up. Follow the simple instructions and return it to the doctor’s office the next day.
- Your Pulmonologist will then review your results, let you know their findings and determine if you are a candidate for an Oral Sleep Appliance.
- You would then make an appointment with Dr. Nojan Bakhtiari, our Chief of Dental Sleep Medicine, to take digital x-rays and molds to determine if your mouth would support an Oral Sleep Appliance. If your symptoms are supported by a medical diagnosis, your oral sleep appliance is often covered by your medical insurance. If your snoring is benign, we offer an affordable rate and financing options.
- Your Oral Sleep Appliance will be ready for you within 4-6 weeks. We monitor you closely to adjust it as needed and recommend a follow up sleep study with your Pulmonologist to ensure that it is improving your sleep.