Oral Appliances: Small, Quiet & Easy-to-Use
Many of our patients in South Sound areas find relief using an oral appliance for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s a small device that works by gently shifting your jaw forward to keep the airway open while you sleep.
Oral appliances are a comfortable, non-invasive alternative to CPAP therapy. They’re quiet, inconspicuous, portable, and easy-to-use. It’s an effective alternative for patients who want a more convenient way to relieve snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
Using an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea
At SoundBridge, we use custom-made oral appliances to help reduce sleep apnea symptoms, tackle the condition, and help you get a better night’s rest. The most common signs of sleep apnea are snoring and repeatedly gasping for air throughout the night, as well as:
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Lack of energy or motivation
- Difficulty concentrating
- Depression or irritability
- Nighttime sweating
If you experience any of these symptoms, you could have sleep apnea. We work closely with you, your primary care physician, and/or sleep physician to help you sleep soundly and feel rested once again.
Do Oral Appliances Really Work?
Patients find more success with an oral appliance for sleep apnea due to the fact it’s simply a small appliance. An oral appliance repositions and stabilizes your lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and uvula. This prevents any obstructions in the airway, allowing you to sleep soundly and comfortably throughout the night.
Similar to a night guard, each oral appliance is custom-made to fit comfortably in your mouth while you sleep. There isn’t a one size that fits all, which is why Dr. Iregui works with a variety of oral appliances so that she can find the perfect one for you.