Sleep Apnea Appliances in Columbia, MD | Anti-Snoring Therapy & Oral Devices
Sleep apnea is a serious, sometimes fatal medical disorder that affects around 10% of American men over the age of 40, and 6% of American women of the same age. Sleep apnea sufferers completely stop breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times in a single night. Normal breathing ceases because the airway becomes obstructed, causing a serious reduction of airflow to the lungs.
There are a number of dental devices that can be used to alleviate this condition. The goal of most of these devices is to bring the lower jaw slightly forward. This slight re-positioning opens up the airway and allows oxygen to flow freely again. Wearers of sleep apnea dental devices report that they stop loud snoring, feel more rested in the daytime, and are much more comfortable going to sleep. Sleep apnea appliances work best on patients who are not significantly overweight. They offer an alternative method of addressing sleep apnea symptoms without the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine.
Sleep apnea appliances fall into two categories: fixed and adjustable.
Here are brief descriptions of one of the more commonly used sleep apnea dental appliances:
TAP® 3 Elite (Thornton Adjustable Positioner)
The TAP® 3 Elite is the smallest, most comfortable member of the TAP family. It is a two-part custom-created sleep apnea appliance that fits over the teeth in much the same way as a sports mouthguard. The TAP® 3 Elite positions the jaw forward to prevent the tongue and soft tissues from impeding the airway. The appliance is adjustable, which means that it can be altered to suit the comfort level of the wearer.
If you have questions or concerns about sleep apnea appliances, please call our office at 410-381-7300 or schedule your appointment online.