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Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea & Snoring – Night Guard – Foley, AL*

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About Oral Appliance Therapy

Gulf Coast Sleep Specialist offers custom-fit, state-of-the-art, and FDA-approved oral appliance therapies (OAT) that provide an excellent alternative to the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. Wearing an oral appliance during sleep is suitable for most patients. Dr. Steven Todd provides mandibular advancement devices that offer an unprecedented custom fit and excellent compliance rates of 85% – 90%. Oral appliance therapy works by using the following:

  • Mandibular advancement devices (MADs) bring the lower jaw forward to open the airway
  • Tongue restraining devices (TRDs) keep the tongue from falling back and closing the airway
  • Hybrid oral appliances combine both techniques from MADs and TRDs

Scheduling a consultation at Gulf Coast Sleep Specialist in Foley, AL is the first step in determining which device can improve your airway obstructions and sleeping issues. We will discuss all of your options in oral appliances and educate you on how to care for the appliance so it lasts for a long time.

Types of Oral Appliances

Mandibular Advancement Device

Dr. Todd can make a custom mandibular advancement device like the Narval™ by ResMed for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), The appliance is worn during sleep to keep the jaw in the correct position and the airway open. The appliance is a biocompatible, polymer material produced with a computer-aided design (CAD) system and made with a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system for precision. Because of its comfort and custom fit, patients are using the Narval consistently and without issues. Also, it is a removable appliance that is easy to clean and store.

Tongue Retaining Device

A tongue retaining device can be worn to stop the tongue from sliding to the back of the throat and covering your airway. We offer patients a few options in TRDs. The most economical appliance is the Herbst® appliance as it approved and covered by Medicare. This is an FDA-cleared device that is customized to your teeth and bite so that you have the precise fit. Each night you will place the Herbst appliance on the back of your molars for both the upper and lower jaw to fit over all of your teeth. In this position, the Herbst appliance will make it very difficult for the lower jaw to move backward.

You can take out the appliance nightly after your sleep and simply wash and put it in your case. It is also very easy to adjust for your comfort, which means fewer visits to the dentist to have it adjusted. Once you have the Herbst appliance and it is fitted to perfection, we will teach you how to make the adjustments on your own.

Hybrid Oral Device

Snoring can be an obstacle that can impede your sleep and relationships (if you share a bed with a partner). No one will get quality, restful sleep with a loud snorer in the room. Dr. Todd also offers the best of both MADs and TRDs, for snoring. This is known as a hybrid oral appliance, like the ZYPPAH by Sleep Certified. The ZYPPAH is a patented tongue elastic used to stop snoring by restricting movement of the jaw and tongue, which can block the airway. It also keeps the jaw forward and in a therapeutic position. This convenient device is removable and simple to maintain.

What to Expect

During your consultation, we will determine which device will be best for you. Once decided on, you will come in to be fitted for either a mandibular advancement, tongue restraining, or hybrid device. Your custom-made device will put your personal comfort first and be crafted from a lightweight, state-of-the-art polymer plastic. Comparable to a mouth guard or orthodontic retainer, an oral appliance is removable, portable, and easy to use. We will develop a unique treatment plan with instructions on when to wear your device and how to care for it. It is important to bring the appliance with you to all appointments so that it can be inspected for defects and wear.

Follow-Up

Your oral appliance therapy will also include follow-up care and training on how to properly use the device and relieve your symptoms to the fullest extent possible, as well as any needed comfort adjustments. Follow-up sleep studies may be conducted throughout the process either at home or in our office to measure the success of the device. Dr. Todd and his team will frequently check in with you to ensure that your comfort level is optimized and that the device is working properly. If this option does not seem to be alleviating your condition as well as you would like, other treatments can be discussed and made available to you.

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Easy, Improved Airflow

If you're looking for an easy way to correct sleep apnea and snoring due to blocked airways, then oral appliance therapy is an effective option and can be an alternative to CPAP machines and other more invasive treatments. Using either a mandibular advancement or tongue restraining device can help to create a more open airway that can improve your sleeping habits and overall health. Portable, comfortable, and custom fitted, oral appliance could be the solution for you. To learn more, we invite you to call our Foley, AL Gulf Coast Sleep Specialist office today to start your treatment.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.