Sleep apnea mouthpieces are also called oral appliances. Our Thousand Oaks sleep dentist may recommend a mouthpiece if you cannot tolerate CPAP therapy or as an alternative to surgery or more extensive treatments. We can help you decide if an appliance is right for you.
Oral appliances are custom-fit to your mouth for a design that comfortably fits over the specific shape of your teeth. They are effective for most patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, and they can also be used to stop snoring in patients without sleep apnea. An oral appliance can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment options, including lifestyle changes, to reduce airway turbulence and keep the airways open during sleep.
Most candidates for sleep apnea mouthpieces will need to complete a sleep study to determine if the mouthpiece is an appropriate treatment option. Patients who have TMJ disorders or similar problems may not be candidates for the treatment. Over-the-counter oral appliances are not necessarily considered safe or effective unless your doctor has approved them. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in sleep apnea mouthpiece in Thousand Oaks.