For most people with obstructive sleep apnea, the most effective treatment is a CPAP or BiPAP machine. However, some patients cannot tolerate these devices due to their noise, discomfort and how much dryness they cause. For these struggling people, a mandibular repositioning device may be the solution.
A mandibular repositioning device is a mouthpiece worn during sleep. These oral appliances work by holding the lower jaw forward which opens the airway allowing for oxygen to reach the lungs. In addition to treating sleep apnea and reducing daytime sleepiness, these devices often fix snoring!
Before a device is made, Dr. Jordan must evaluate you to see if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy. In order to be a candidate, you must have at least 8 teeth in each jaw, not have gum disease and not have significant TMJ pain. After you are evaluated and we have the approval from your physician, we can fit you for an appliance. This involves taking impressions or molds of your teeth and capturing your bite. After about 3 weeks, the appliance will be given to you with thorough instructions on its use.
Once a device is made, it is crucial that you have follow-up appointments with your dentist and physician so that the maximum result can be achieved.