If you have mild or medium level sleep apnea, you may not have to get and use a CPAP machine. Dr. Hoffpauir of Winning Smiles Family Dentistry uses the latest in oral devices for his sleep apnea patients in Alvin, TX.
Using Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Treatment
Oral appliances for sleep apnea are made specifically for each patient’s mouth. When you wear a sleep apnea appliance when you sleep, the device keeps the airflow going in your mouth. Because you can breathe easier, your sleep apnea symptoms are much less, and you get a better quality of sleep, too.
MAD, or Mandibular Advancement Device
The Mandibular Advancement Device or MAD is one of the types of appliances that can be made to help you with your sleep apnea. Our dentist makes the MAD device to your exact specifications. You’ll put the device in your mouth at night before you sleep. This device dramatically resembles a sports mouthguard and fits over your teeth. The MAD device moves your lower jaw into the right position to keep your airways open and help you get enough air to breathe as you sleep.
The TAP, or Thornton Adjustable Positioner
The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) works much in the same way as does the MAD. The TAP device retains the lower jaw in the correct position to keep your airways open as you sleep. The significant difference between the TAP and the MAD is that your dentist can adjust the setting or location of the device to suit your jaw’s needs.
Tongue Retaining Device
The TRD, or tongue retaining device, keeps a person’s tongue in the proper position to allow for an open airway while you sleep. The TRD is used less frequently than the other previously mentioned devices but works well to keep your airways open while you sleep.
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