Oral appliances used for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea give patients a convenient, portable, comfortable, and very effective way to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.
Dr. Schleicher has found oral appliances often to be the best course of treatment for any level of snoring, as well as for mild to severe sleep apnea, especially if patients prefer not to use a CPAP machine, which can be cumbersome, uncomfortable, and difficult to keep clean.
A wide variety of customized oral appliances are available, and each is fitted to the patient based upon mouth size, teeth, previous dental work, etc.
Each patient receives personal instruction on use and care of using an oral appliance.
SomnoDent® Avant™ is our most comfortable appliance ever. The upper and lower splints are designed with the latest Computer Aided Design software and are milled using a single piece of pre-cured dental acrylic. The precuring process improves the flexural strength of the material by 18% – reducing the number of breakages and remakes that can eat into your chair time.
This two-piece, dorsal-fin-style oral appliance is custom-made and -fitted for each patient. It is adjustable and also convertible for patients with complete upper dentures and/or partial upper or lower dentures. By moving the lower jaw slightly forward when worn while sleeping, this oral appliance provides a continuously open airway.
The TAP® holds the patient’s lower jaw in a forward and closed position, comfortably preventing it from falling open during sleep. This action reduces snoring by maintaining a clear airway and improving breathing for sleep apnea management.
The Klearway oral appliance keeps the teeth together while holding the lower jaw and tongue forward during sleep. This opens the wearer’s airway. The Klearway has been successfully used for years.
Its major drawback would be bulk and the placement of the adjustment mechanism in the roof of the mouth, which can be uncomfortable for some. Dr. Schleicher can fit you with a new Klearway, or if you are already a user, we can make you a new one when replacement is needed.