Sleep Apnea Treatment
Those that can use CPAP routinely find it very effective in providing improved rest, oxygen saturation and health. What about those that can’t tolerate CPAP or choose not to try it?
How does a mouthpiece work? An oral device can be effective for many sleep apnea and snoring situations. Most oral devices function similarly even though they are configured differently through different shapes and materials. Because the tongue is “tethered” to the inside front of the jawbone, the tongue moves forward as the jaw moves forward. So, the objective is to posture the jaw the least forward it takes to move the tongue away from the airway for improved airflow. With adequate airflow there is good oxygen saturation and associated restedness. The oral device helps the jaw “rest” in the forward posture so the jaw muscles don’t have to work to stay in a set posture while sleeping. These retainer-like devices help facilitate nighttime breathing without needing a mask or machine. You will be able to breathe freely and get a good night’s sleep. Dr. McLaughlin understands that each patient has unique needs and offers a number of different models to address these differences. We will discuss which type would fit your individual needs the best. Here are some mouthpiece types we find most useful to most folks.