A dental mouthpiece or mandibular advancement device can treat sleep apnea without a CPAP.

This information on sleep apnea device offering dental treatment without CPAP was created in our Sleep Apnea Snoring office. At The Center for Special Dentistry® we have two specialists who provide Sleep Apnea Snoring treatment. Usually their academic interests differ. However they both offer treatment for sleep apnea and snoring.

One is a dental oncologist who focuses on treating head and neck cancer patients who can have very complex breathing problems. These skills benefit non-cancer Sleep Apnea and Snoring patients as well. Next our orthodontist’s honors thesis at Harvard Dental was on treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Singularly these two specialists are backed by a large team of 14 other dentists and specialists in one midtown location. This uniquely allows interdisciplinary consultations.

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A Sleep Apnea device or appliance has several different names

Ordinarily these different names all typically mean the same thing.

A Sleep Apnea device or appliance has several different names that all typically mean the same thing. It is used to treat sleep apnea in people who do not want to wear a CPAP at night. A Mandibular Advancement Device MAD, also referred to as an OAT for Occlusal Appliance Therapy is used to bring the lower jaw, or mandible, forward during sleep; this opens the airway in the back of the throat.

A sleep medicine physician must first perform a sleep study before making this appliance. The patient will have the test results emailed to our office for our analysis.

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We make molds of the patient’s teeth to fabricate the sleep apnea device

We deliver the device at a subsequent visit.The patient will then have a period of several weeks to habituate to the appliance and return for needed adjustments.

The patient will then go back to their sleep medicine physician to see if the sleep apnea has been dramatically reduced with this device. When confirmed, then it’s safe to discontinue the use of the CPAP.
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Sleep apnea device or appliance

A Mandibular Advancement Device or MAD are also known as a sleep apnea device or appliance. This device will hold the mandible or lower jaw slightly forward than its normal rest position to open the airway in the throat.

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Sleep apnea device or  occlusal appliance

It is also known as an OAT or Occlusal Appliance Therapy. The objective of this oral appliance is to maintain the lower jaw slightly forward than its normal rest position in order to open the airway. In the photo notice the blue elastic that used to bring the lower jaw forward.