Oral appliances are a comfortable, noninvasive treatment option for people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As an alternative to CPAP, many patients find more success with an oral appliance due to the fact that it is simply a small appliance, similar to a night guard, which fits in your mouth while you sleep. Dr. Iregui works with a variety of oral appliances so that she can find the perfect one for you.
How does an oral appliance work?
Your oral appliance is custom-fitted to your mouth. Worn while you sleep, the oral appliance repositions and stabilizes your lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and uvula. This prevents your airway from collapsing while you sleep.
Patients with primary snoring who do not respond to, or are not appropriate candidates for treatment with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep-position change.
Patients with mild or moderate OSA do not need to try treatment with a CPAP first. They can go directly into an oral appliance.
Patients with mild, moderate, or severe OSA who are intolerant of or refuse treatment with nasal CPAP. Oral appliances are also indicated for patients who refuse treatment, or are not candidates for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, craniofacial operations, or tracheostomy.
We are proud to offer sleep apnea solutions for our Gig Harbor area patients.