Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA

Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea and SnoringIt is estimated that 60-80% of snorers will test positive for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with a sleep study. Those who have been diagnosed with OSA by a sleep physician are usually given CPAP therapy or Continuous Positive Air Pressure. CPAP is a very effective treatment if worn properly and consistently. Unfortunately, many patients find CPAP intolerable and compliance is very low.Oral appliance therapy is a viable alternative to CPAP, especially if the diagnosis is mild or moderate OSA. These appliances work by holding the lower jaw and tongue forward to prevent a collapsed airway. Only a dentist can provide an oral appliance, and it is important to seek a dentist who has specialized training in treating OSA with these appliances.  Dr. Max and Dr. Ariana are both members of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and work closely with local sleep physicians to make sure that your sleep breathing disorder is treated correctly and effectively.