There are many designs of custom made oral appliances on the market however it is important to only use appliances that are supported by scientific studies. Oral appliances are now recommended as one of the best available treatments for snoring and as the main treatment for sleep apnoea. At Dental Sleep Clinic Australia we receive referrals for oral appliance therapy from specialist sleep physicians, GP’s, Ear Nose and Throat surgeons, dentists and other health professionals.
Oral appliances work by gently holding the lower jaw slightly forward; to open the airway and prevent the tongue and structures at the back of the throat from collapsing into the airway.
The appliances are adjustable so the jaw can be brought forward or wound back ever so slightly as necessary.
Everyone has a different mouth and jaw shape, so you should have a custom appliance made to fit you. Your dentist will take moulds of your teeth and send the appliance to be made. This usually takes 3 weeks. When it is fitted in your mouth, it should be in a position that is effective yet comfortable. There are some dental devices that you can buy over the counter. These are cheaper but usually, do not work. Custom appliances not only work better but also help to avoid any side-effects.
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