What are sleep apnea mouth guards?
Sleep apnea mouth guards are appliances, similar to a mouthguard, that are worn at night. It positions the lower jaw forward and is effective at treating mild and moderate obstructive sleep apnea. It is also effective at treating snoring.
How do they work?
By pushing your lower jaw forwards, it opens your airway. This reduces the chance of you having obstructions (sleep apnea) and reduces snoring. The oral appliance will work best if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, if your sleep apnoea is a lot better when you lie on your side than when you lie on your back and if you are not overweight. Individual results vary.
How well do they work compared to CPAP?
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) will stop sleep apnea straight away in almost all people who use it. CPAP is the gold standard, but for those who travel or who cannot tolerate it, an oral appliance is effective. Research shows that an Oral Appliance is just as effective in mild-moderate sleep apnea.
How can I get one?
We recommend having a sleep study first. Your GP can refer you to a sleep specialist who will work out how bad your sleep apnea is through a sleep study. You can do this either at home or in a sleep lab. Once this is done, Dr. Gary will be able to measure you up for a custom sleep appliance device.
Can it be used to stop snoring?
Yes, it often works well for snoring.
Where can I find further information?
Here is a link for some more information. We would recommend contacting us to organise a consultation with Dr. Gary to discuss the ins and outs of this treatment option.
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