Oral Appliance Therapy – CPAP Alternatives
What is Oral TMJ Appliance Therapy?
An oral appliance is a small acrylic device that fits over the upper and lower teeth.
The purpose of an oral appliance is to advance the lower jaw or tongue, moving the base of the tongue forward and in turn opening the airway. This improves breathing and reduces snoring and apnea. The appliances are comfortable and well tolerated by the patient.
Indication for oral appliances
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has stated that an oral TMJ appliance is indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate OSA (obstructive sleep apnea).
- Heavy snoring
- Poor tolerance to CPAP
- Failure of surgery
- Use during travel
- In combination with CPAP
Possible side effects of oral appliance therapy:
- Tension in the jaw
- Sore teeth and gums
- Excessive salivation or dry mouth
- Slight movement of teeth
- Loosening of dental restorations (fillings, crowns)
Different Oral TMJ Appliances Used:
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about the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New England
Beautiful experience. My third child, was my first with ties. Dr. Kaplan took his time showing me images of my sons ties and explaining them to me so I understood them more. He also made the atmosphere very comfortable! We had all 3 ties released (tongue, lip, and cheek) done in about 10 minutes. Dr. Kaplan checked in with me about 5 minutes after the procedure and explained everything to me about follow up appointments with lactation and chiro and how to massage my babies mouth post-op. Highly recommend for infant tie issues!
Dr. David is by far one of the most compassionate dentists I have ever met. Dr. David and her team have a thirst for knowledge and are constantly furthering their education. I would highly recommend the TMJ & Sleep Centre of New England if you have any TMJ/Sleep needs.
I have only been for initial exam and consultation, so this review is for that. I love the office. They have great technology and a nice ambiance if you can believe it. Pretty rare to find a dentist with nice views but I had beautiful trees to look at outside the window while I sat in the chair. The tech and dentist were so caring and really listened to me and took their time to make me feel at ease. I have had some less than savory and even traumatic experiences at other dentists , I can say that I feel very comfortable and trusting with Dr David. I think she is a brilliant doctor who really cares about people and looks at the whole picture , not just your teeth. I’m happy I found her and ready to start my treatment plan. This is by far not the cheapest dentist but I only have one set of teeth, so trusting myself to the best.