Our purpose and goal is to educate you and provide basic answers regarding the use of Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), with comments from the viewpoint of a cellular physiologist
A typical OAT treatment plan should include a complete medical evaluation including a pre-treatment sleep study, a complete and thorough dental examination including any necessary dental, TMJ and cephalometric radiographs as well as diagnostic study models for evaluation of your teeth, gums, occlusion and TMJ. Any necessary dental, periodontal, and/or TMJ/bite treatments should be ideally taken care of before an oral appliance is fabricated. It is important that the most effective oral appliance be carefully selected to best treat your specific snoring and/or sleep apnea problems. There are many different kinds of OSA appliances - each with their specific anatomical, physiological, and comfort advantages and disadvantages. The dentist trained in sleep apnea will select the best one for you.
Finally, each patient should be monitored with a follow-up sleep study to make sure that the OAT appliance is helping you and it should be followed thereafter probably on a suggested annual basis. (The actual frequency of subsequent testings to be determined by the severity of your initial condition. It is important to ascertain that this appliance therapy is being maintained satisfactorily - as adjustments, repairs, or even replacement may be needed - as determined by your healthcare team).