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Are Oral Appliances Effective for Sleep Apnea?

Do Oral Appliances Work?

You might have heard about using oral appliances for sleep apnea and wondered, “Do these really work?” The answer is yes, they can be very effective for many people!

What is an Oral Appliance?

An oral appliance is a small device that fits in your mouth, kind of like a sports mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer. It’s designed specifically to help keep your airway open while you sleep.

How Do Oral Appliances Work?

These appliances work by slightly moving your lower jaw forward. This small change can make a big difference. It helps keep your airway open, making it easier for you to breathe while you sleep. This helps reduce or even stop the pauses in breathing that happen with sleep apnea.

How Effective Are Oral Appliances?

Oral appliance therapy is quite effective, especially for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea. They are also helpful for people who can’t use CPAP machines, which are another common treatment for sleep apnea.

Oral Appliance Therapy and Dentists

When you decide to try an oral appliance, you’ll usually work with a dentist who specializes in this therapy. They will make sure that the appliance fits perfectly in your mouth and works effectively for your sleep apnea.

Where Can I Buy an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea?

You can’t just buy these appliances at any store. It is best to visit a dentist who can custom-make one for you. This ensures that it fits right and works well for your specific needs. At Capital ENT & Sinus Center, our physicians can help determine if an oral appliance is the right solution for you. If it is, we can connect you with a qualified dentist who will create a custom oral appliance tailored to your specific needs. This ensures a comfortable fit and effective treatment for your sleep apnea.


Oral appliances are a handy and effective way to treat sleep apnea for many people. They are easy to use and can make a big difference in improving your sleep quality and health. If you think an oral appliance might be right for you, talk to your doctor or a specialized dentist to learn more and see if it’s a good fit for your situation.

Dr. Brown is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and specializes in chronic sinusitis, nasal obstruction, obstructive sleep apnea, and pediatric otolaryngology.

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