Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option
for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
A custom-fit oral sleep appliance can improve your sleep,
restore your alertness and revitalize your health.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
At Advanced Sleep Centers of Virginia, we use Somnomed oral appliances for treating sleep apnea, because we want you to have the best results possible, with the most comfort.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy might seem like another daunting treatment to alleviate symptoms, but it’s far from that. In fact, this therapy is the leading alternative to CPAP machines and is up and coming in treatment options for sleep apnea!
So, what exactly is it? Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment that involves wearing a removable oral appliance, similar to a night-guard or retainer, in your mouth during sleep. The fit of an oral appliance is comparable to a sports mouth-guard.
The point of the oral appliance is to keep the upper airway from collapsing and preventing airway blockage by either holding the tongue in place or supporting the jaw in a forward position. Thanks to this device, the soft tissue in the back of the throat won’t need to support the different regions of the mouth. Air can flow in and out easily. To be effective, oral appliances are custom-fit to the shape of your mouth.
This treatment does not just target sleep apnea. It can help with chronic snoring, bruxism, and other sleep-related breathing disorders.
Oral appliances fall into two main categories:
1. Mandibular repositioning devices
These devices reposition your lower jaw down slightly and into a forward position. This positioning helps to keep your airways open while asleep and prevents hypopneas. Somnomed is the leading manufacturer for these oral appliances and is scientifically validated as providing the best quality of oral appliances to patients.
2. Tongue retaining devices
While asleep, your tongue naturally gravitates towards the back of your throat. This can cause blockages. These oral appliances hold your tongue in place in order to prevent this from happening and maintain open airways.
How Does this Therapy Benefit You?
Now that you know what it is, you might be wondering what the benefits are. What makes it different? There are many advantages and benefits that come with this treatment. Here are some notable ones:
1. Comfortable and Easy to Wear
Oral appliances are non-invasive and easy to wear. Because of their custom-fit, they are also comfortable. In comparison to CPAP machines, this is a major improvement. CPAP machines have been bulky and uncomfortable from the start, and they often can fall off during sleep.
With these devices, you won’t have to deal with the pain or discomfort from a CPAP machine. Instead, you can have a restful night and keep your sleep apnea symptoms at bay.
CPAP machines are notorious for their loud, obnoxious noise levels. With oral devices, you don’t have to worry! There’s no noise involved whatsoever.
3. Portable and Convenient for Traveling
An oral device is fit to the size of your mouth, so it’s small and portable. Think of it as a sports guard. It can fit in a bag with ease. You can stop worrying about lugging your giant CPAP machine and all its parts with you on every single vacation you take.
4. Easy Maintenance
Maintenance with oral appliances is so simple. After dealing with the maintenance of a CPAP machine, it might even feel too good to be true. Cleaning your appliance isn’t nearly as extensive nor as much of a hassle as the CPAP machines require. Plus, you don’t have to worry about developing other health issues because of a moldy CPAP!
5. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
Treating your sleep apnea benefits you in a ton of ways. The condition increases your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other illnesses. With your oral appliance, you are getting all the advantages of the improved treatment option and the health benefits of treating your sleep apnea!
6. Increases Daytime Energy, Focus, and Concentration
In another one of our blogs, we discuss the effects of quality sleep on the mind and body (learn more about that here). Well, when you use an oral device to treat your sleep apnea, you’re gaining better quantity and quality of sleep. This means you have more energy during the day, improved focus and concentration, and even enhanced creativity and learning abilities. With these functions working at their best, you are bound to excel in your daily life.
7. Boosts Mood and Emotional Stability
Another thing quality sleep does is boost your mood. When you are well rested, your body regulates chemicals in the brain, such as epinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, that improve your mood. Without proper sleep, on the other hand, you will feel more irritable and angry, and your ability to cope with stressors may be reduced. Treating your sleep apnea with the comfortable oral device means fewer worries, more sleep, and a happier version of you!
At Advanced Sleep Centers of Virginia, we exclusively use SomnoMed appliances for comfort and effectiveness. We want you to have the best oral appliance possible so your sleep apnea treatment is successful and you can get the most out of your sleep appliance. SomnoMed’s clinically validated, high-quality devices have helped treat over 400,000 patients worldwide.
Take a look at the different products SomnoMed offers:
SomnoDentⓇ Signature Line
1. SomnoDent Classicᵀᴹ
This is Somnomed’s original innovation in oral appliance therapy. It’s clinically proven and manufactured under FDA-regulated standards. The device is held in place using medical grade stainless steel ball clasps and offers drop-in fit.
2. SomnoDent Fusionᵀᴹ
This appliance is an innovation of Somnomed’s original appliance design, with a fusion of wing and screw calibration. Titration can be performed precisely with the screw or by changing the wings. This appliance is more advanced and provides less lateral movement with titration so there is more comfort for the user. It allows for 7.5mm of forward protrusion and 0.5mm backward adjustment. With this additional room, there are fewer bite resets. This device is ideal should you wish to be more conservative with your initial starting position.
3. SomnoDent Flexᵀᴹ
This device was made with a soft inner liner that maintains retention, which is vital for treatment effectiveness, and offers the most patient comfort. Made with SMH BFlex, a soft polymer that is molecularly bonded to the acrylic device, the materials are ensured against delamination and odors.
4. SomnoDent SUADᵀᴹ
This device features a cast frame that traces the arches, strengthening the device. It also allows for lateral movement and easy titration. There is a mesh component added to the surface that ensures your dentition (the arrangement of your teeth) will not move. The device itself has non-restrictive movement, so you can fully open and close your mouth, drink water, speak, yawn, or take medicine all while wearing it. The unlimited protrusive advancement prevents the upper and lower jaw from locking together. This device is Medicare approved.
5. SomnoDent SUAD Ultraᵀᴹ
This has all of the features of a SomnoDent SUAD device with an added airflow volume. It combines characteristics of the SomnoDent SUAD and the benefits of the Morning Repositioner, this device removes all acrylic from the incisal edge, incorporates a thin lingual apron for support, and contours the posterior lingual flanges to mimic the natural dentition; thereby, greatly increasing tongue space. This device has been clinically proven to treat sleep apnea and snoring in a safe and effective manner.
SomnoDentⓇ Standard Line
1. SomnoDent Herbst AdvanceⓇ
This device allows for easy titration with a visual calibration indicator. This helps you to have ideal forward protrusion. You can get this device with the soft SMH BFlex lining or with ball clasp retention for Medicare approval.
2. SomnoDent AIR/AIR+ᵀᴹ
These devices have both comfort and quality features with device efficacy at an affordable price. This device is ideal for low-reimbursement scenarios. The AIR+ is made with the soft inner lining for maximum comfort.
3. SomnoDent Morning Repositionerᵀᴹ
The Morning Repositioner is a hands-free bite deprogrammer designed to help return the patient’s mandible back to its pre-treatment centric position. The unique design of the Morning Repositioner incorporates raised blocks of a compressible material that directs all clenching forces straight down towards the root rather than laterally or forward onto anterior teeth. Use this device should benefit from an isometric exercise of the musculature. This isometric exercise is intended to activate the masseter muscles and relax the lateral pterygoid muscles. This is done in hopes of minimizing the possibility of mandibular posturing forward. The whole over-layer of the device is made out of a laminated material developed specifically for night splints thereby giving greater wearability.
4. SomnoDent Alphaᵀᴹ
This appliance is a transitional mandible repositioning anti-snoring device that is newer to Somnomed. It is designed to help you improve your quality of sleep immediately. It takes 15 minutes to fit, is fully adjustable, comfortable, and reimbursed by medical insurance.
1. SomnoBruxⓇ Michiganᵀᴹ
The Michigan is designed for those suffering from teeth grinding, bruxism, and TMJ dysfunction. It’s a custom fit acrylic dental guard for the upper dentition.
Get Better Sleep Today
With so many high-quality, scientifically-validated devices to choose from for treating snoring, sleep apnea, bruxism, and more, Somnomed’s reliability is clear! If you’re struggling to get a good night’s rest, don’t suffer any longer. At Advanced Sleep Centers of Virginia, our team of highly-trained sleep professionals can help you determine if oral appliance therapy is right for you. Our specialists make the process of diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, and other sleep disorders simple with at-home sleep tests, online scheduling, and a secure telemedicine portal where you can communicate with sleep professionals privately and quickly.
Suffering from a sleep disorder? Ready to ditch the CPAP machine? We’re here to help! You can schedule an appointment online or call us today at (703) 689-2480