Sleep appliances in dentistry are oral devices designed to help patients with sleep-related breathing disorders, such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These appliances are typically prescribed by dentists or sleep specialists as a non-invasive treatment option. Here's what you should know about them:
The primary purpose of a sleep splint is to reduce or eliminate snoring. Snoring often occurs due to the partial obstruction of the airway at the back of the throat. Sleep splints work by repositioning the jaw or tongue to keep the airway open during sleep, which can reduce the vibrations that cause snoring.
Sleep appliances aim to improve the quality of sleep by addressing issues like snoring and OSA. Snoring can disrupt both the snorer’s and their bed partner’s sleep, while OSA is a more serious condition characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep.
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs):
These are the most common type of sleep appliance. MADs look similar to a sports mouthguard and work by repositioning the lower jaw (mandible) slightly forward. This helps to keep the airway open by preventing the collapse of soft tissues at the back of the throat.
Sleep appliances can be highly effective in reducing snoring and mild to moderate OSA symptoms. For severe cases of OSA, they may be used in combination with other treatments like continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
Improved sleep quality for both the patient and their bed partner.
Increased compliance compared to CPAP machines, as many patients find sleep appliances more comfortable to use.
Portability, making them a convenient option for travel.
Insurance Coverage: Some dental and medical insurance plans may cover the cost of sleep appliances, especially if they are prescribed to treat OSA. Patients should check with their insurance provider to understand their coverage. One of our friendly team can check how much your insurance will cover of the sleep appliance.