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.
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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.
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Dr. Addy and her staff have had a great impact on the quality of our lives.We originally came to Dr. Addy due to my husband's sleep apnea. He battled the c-pap machines and tried every type imaginable but, to no avail. They were cumbersome, terrible to travel with, noisy and often went unused...hence, not helping his health issues. He was fitted with the oral appliance therapy and never looked back. Seeing his success, he suggested (in the nicest way) that I might benefit from a meeting with Dr. Addy. (I truly believed I DID NOT snore!) After analysis, I realized I was very tired most of the time...was this a part of getting older? or was it something else? My meeting with Dr Addy was wonderful. Her kind and caring nature, wonderful explanations about the importance of sleep, nature of sleep dentistry, and her passion for her work, put me at ease. My sleep study revealed that I, too, would benefit from oral appliance therapy.I am happy to report, it is so great to get a good night's sleep--one feels so much better when rested- more energy and more alert! Two different needs, one perfect solution!We have worked with Dr. Addy and her staff for a while now and are delighted with the outcome. The office is organized and efficiently run. Very willing to help in any way. Dr. Addy is a compassionate and caring physician, the likes I have not seen in a long time.She is an asset to the profession and to our community.
Hello Dr. Addy, After being diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea, I used (fought) the CPAP machine for a year and was never successful with it. I have used the Oral Appliance that you made for me for about six months and would like for you to know how much it has helped me. I am getting good uninterrupted sleep and feel much more rested. I really appreciate the work that you have done. Thank you.
Dear Dr. Addy, I want you to know how much your kind service and the appliance has changed my life. I use it every night. Once I even had is shipped to me while on vacation - overnight of course! Now my appliance is the last thing I check before I leave for a trip! Before you fitted me with the appliance my apnea was so bad that I rarely got a full night's sleep. I had a lot of tension in my jaw and related areas and I felt tired most of the time. Other alternatives, such as surgery, seemed painful and perhaps of limited value, if any at all. The appliance was easy to use and worked completely and instantly. I have had no significant side effects. Your caring attitude and genuine concern for your patients makes it all the better! Thank you Dr. Addy -- you've made a big difference in the quality of my sleep -- and my life!
A dental appliance from Dr. Addy has given me great relief from the symptoms of sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Addy is a very knowledgeable and caring professional. I can't thank her enough for making a difference in my quality of sleep. Thanks for everything.
Dear Dr. Addy, I am very happy to tell you that after a month of using the SUAD oral appliance, my diabetic blood sugar levels have lowered and my sleep is more restful. Also, of course, my snoring has been under excellent control--as long as I remember to change the rubber bands, which my wife is quick to remind me when she is awakened. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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