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Sleep Apnea/Oral Appliances


Woman covering ears while husband snores at Roane Family Dental.Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are not only a health risk to the sufferer but can make sleeping uncomfortable for partners. Our team at Roane Family Dental has found that many mild to moderate cases can be effectively treated and managed using oral appliance devices. Sleep apnea occurs when throat muscles and other soft tissues around the area, like tonsils and the tongue, excessively relax and cause obstruction when breathing. The most evident symptom of this is snoring.

These devices work by helping to shift soft tissues that collapse within the airway forward. This way airflow can be clear and reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea and snoring. It is accomplished by holding the tongue in a forward position or jutting the lower jaw outward. These devices are simple to use, travel with, and very effective.

Oral Appliance Therapy Devices


Tongue retaining devices work by having the tongue held in place using suction by a device positioned between the teeth. Mandibular repositioning devices have a design that resembles mouthguards, with a joint at the ends that can be fixed to hold the lower jaw in a forward position.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices push a steady flow of air into the throat, ensuring this passage remains open during sleep. This stops the breaks in breathing and results in longer and uninterrupted sleep.

While CPAP therapy is considered the best treatment option for sleep apnea, the equipment tends to be bulky and noisy, resulting in many people giving up on their use quickly. If your case is not so severe, then you should consider the manual oral appliance devices.

Why You Need a Dentist for Oral Appliance Therapy


When people experience sleep apnea and snoring, their instinct is normally to visit their doctor, when it is our dentists they should be seeing. Our team is best placed to provide properly fitting oral appliances. A proper fit is important when what you want is a comfortable night’s rest. If you make use of stock or boil and bite options from sporting goods stores or pharmacies, chances are the result will fit poorly over your teeth and likely irritate your gums and apply undue pressure on teeth.

A custom made mandibular repositioning device takes into account your unique bite and length of teeth. Our dentist will make use of digital impressions of your teeth to create the trays for the device. Having studied sleep medicine, our dentist will also check on your ability to comfortably jut your lower jaw outward and consider any gag reflexes that my affect your comfortable use of the appliance. We use hardened acrylic plastic for the trays that are long-lasting yet comfortable. We will also train you on how to use the device once it is ready.

It may take several visits over a few months to get the perfect fit. This is normal and is worth the wait. Your return visits will likely be for making minor adjustments to the appliance, such as trimming along the gumline. Be sure to report back on any symptoms that may make the use of these devices a bad idea.

Our team includes dentists that have studied sleep medicine able to help in diagnosis and treatment. Call us, Roane Family Dental at (503) 974-0464 today!

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