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New Jersey Doctors Use Oral Appliances Stop Snoring

Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Fri 06/03/2011 - 20:38

It turns out that many people are unaware that specially educated and trained dentists can construct, fit and manage a small, comfortable device that fits in the mouth that can control snoring and sleep apnea.

Dentistry has developed more than 80 small oral appliances, much like two sided sports mouth guards, that can give support to the airway behind the tongue. These devices move and hold the lower jaw in a forward position preventing collapse of the airway during sleep. These devices are very compatible with most patients.

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2005, “Oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild to moderate OSA who prefer them to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidates for, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP. Oral appliances should be fitted by qualified dental personnel who are trained and experienced in the over- all care of oral health, the temporomandibular joint, dental occlusion and associated oral structures. Oral appliances, sometimes known as mandibular advancement devices or mandibular repositioning appliances can be an effective alternative for the management of both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.”

Beware of Some Dental Appliances

There are several products worn in the mouth that are advertised on television and on the internet that claim to treat snoring by holding the lower jaw in a forward position. These devices are not approved by the FDA. Sleep apnea is a serious medical problem that can cause death in those suffering from heart complications. Self-treatment of this condition can be dangerous to your health because it is not monitored by a health care professional knowledgeable in all aspects of sleep medicine.

While every dentist is legally allowed to provide oral appliance therapy, effective therapeutic results can only be achieved when the dentist has received additional education in the field of dental sleep medicine.

New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions serves snoring sufferers throughout New Jersey in West Orange, Livingston, Millburn and Short Hills, NJ.

The doctors at New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions are specially trained for this type of dental work. Call New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions today for a free consultation at 855.WHY.SNORE or 855.949.7667.