Do Oral Appliances For Obstructive Sleep Apnea Work?
Medical devices such as SomnoMed oral appliances are utilized for treating mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). They can be prescribed both as a first-line treatment option for OSA, or for patients who can’t – or won’t – tolerate CPAP therapy. For those not as familiar with Oral Appliance Therapy as an effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, you might ask: does Oral Appliance Therapy for treating sleep apnea really work? Read on to find out.
How Oral Appliances Work To Treat Sleep Apnea
Perhaps the most well-known treatment method for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is CPAP therapy, where constant and steady air pressure is provided to patients to help them breathe while asleep. Although this treatment method is highly effective, it doesn’t work for everyone.
For patients who are exploring primary mild to moderate OSA treatment options, and/or for those patients who have a hard time tolerating or adhering to CPAP therapy, they may find Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) to be their preferred treatment choice.
About Oral Appliances
Oral appliances are also known as Mandibular Advancement Devices, or MADs. These medical devices are prescribed by a physician and custom fabricated by qualified sleep dentists, who collaborate closely with the physician and the patient to ensure effective treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Oral appliances are designed to help move the jaw and tongue forward and away from the back of the throat, helping to increase the size of the upper airway and therefore reduce any restrictions that occur there and result in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
It’s important to note that oral appliances like SomnoMed’s are FDA-cleared medical devices intended to treat the medical condition of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). As such, they are usually covered under most medical insurance plans, including Medicare.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
An image of a CPAP mask is shown with an equal sign and a question mark when compared to a SomnoDent® Avant™. Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is proven to be equally as effective as CPAP, as per SomnoMed’s Effectiveness Equation.
About SomnoMed Devices
Likewise, our Medicare approved SomnoDent® Herbst Advance Elite™ is a Herbst style appliance also milled from one piece of dental material. This design offers greater resistance to the bending and flexing forces that occur when a patient opens and closes their mouth – meaning the device is less likely to break.
Oral Appliance Therapy For Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
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