Snoring is often a sign of life-threatening sleep apnea. Oral appliances for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are NOT available over-the-counter in the United States. They are only FDA approved and available through a qualified dentist once a physician has made an obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis.
There are three types of sleep apnea, all considered serious sleep disorders:
If you have central sleep apnea or complex sleep apnea, using an oral device could cause severe adverse health effects, including death. Whether or not you think you have sleep apnea, getting a sleep study is highly recommended before using a snoring mouthpiece, and can often be done in the comfort of your own home. If your sleep study results show an apnea hypopnea index (AHI) not indicative of sleep apnea, a dentist can still provide a custom mouthpiece to help you stop snoring.
Finding a qualified dentist, trained in treating snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorder, to monitor your care is the best way to minimize or avoid complications such as:
While over the counter boil and bite mouthpieces may appear to be a cheaper and easier snoring solution, you get what you pay for. The cost of TMJ treatment or much worse, the cost of treatment of untreated sleep apnea health consequences such as heart disease, may exceed the savings from choosing a non-custom snoring mouthpiece. In addition, an oral appliance may be covered by your medical insurance if provided by a dentist who is trained in dental sleep medicine and whose office is experienced in documenting medical necessity and billing medical insurance for oral appliance therapy. Medical insurance does not cover over the counter snoring mouthpieces.
Source 1: Bader G, Lavigne G. Sleep Bruxism; An overview of an oromandibular sleep movement disorder. Sleep Med Rev 2000;4:27-‐43 • Camparis CM, et al; Sleep Bruxism and TMD: Clinical and polysomnographic evaluaEon. Arch Oral Biol 2006;51:721-‐728
Source 2: Vanderveken, O. M., A. Devolder, et al. (2008). "Comparison of a custom-made and a thermoplastic oral appliance for the treatment of mild sleep apnea." Am J Respir Crit Care Med 178(2): 197-202.
Source 3: Kushida CA; Morgenthaler TI; Littner MR et al. Practice parameters for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliances: An Update for 2005. SLEEP 2006;29(2): 240-243.
13291 Yonge St.
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4E 4L6
When I was diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea and I was told I had to wear a CPAP machine for the rest of my life, everytime I went to sleep I was very upset and scared. I started using the CPAP but felt uncomfortable all night. Then I found Dr. Stern on the internet and decided to see him. He introduced me to this really cool oral appliance that is practically transparent. I was not sure if it would work however decided to go for it.(I finally returned my CPAP machine). I have to tell you it is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I sleep much better and wake up fresh every day. I can toss and turn and walk around with it if I need to. It fits perfectly over my teeth and is very easy to remove. I am thankful to Dr. Stern and his team for changing my life. I will recommend using the oral appliance to anyone who has Sleep Apnea. It will change your life forever!. Thank you Dr. Stern you are the BEST!
"Dr. Stern and his team have delivered! My wife and I thank you so much . My Oral Sleep appliance is a Miracle"
Many thanks to Dr. Stern and the oral appliance he prescribed me. With his help I am sleeping much better and have more energy. My wife also sleeps better knowing I no longer snore. I have my life back !!
Wow! What a difference the Silencer appliance has made in my life. I sleep better. I wake up less tired and best of all my wife loves it.
You saved my marriage!
I was afraid I would choke during my sleep. I would wake up exhausted. I used to pull over to the side of the road to rest ,so as not to fall asleep at the wheel of my car. I was scared to drive because of my sleep apnea. Let alone sleeping in another room bcause of the loud snoring that prevented my wife from having a good night's sleep. Not anymore ,thanks to Dr. Stern and my oral appliance. Now I wake up more refreshed without feeling like I am choking in my sleep. I am way less tired during the day and don't need to take my power naps anymore. Best of all I'm back in the same bed with my wife!
I tried everything and nothing worked. I'm happy my doctor recomended oral appliance treatment. My husband says I don't snore, and I wake up more refreshed inthe morning. Thanks so very much!
Are you at risk for sleep apnea?
Find out now ››