Treatment for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
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 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.
Customized Oral Appliances
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.
Dr. Schleicher offers the nation's best brands of oral appliances:
Prosomnus is a comfortable and very easy-to-use oral appliance to safely help alleviate snoring and symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This lower jaw advancement appliance will help patients wake better rested and energetic.
SomnoDent® this two-piece, dorsal fin style oral appliance is custom-made and fitted for each patient. It is adjustable and also convertible for patients 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.
A sleeping person must make a concerted effort to breath in order for an adequate respiratory flow to be maintained. The Panthera opens the airway by moving the lower jaw forward to a comfortable position so that there is no interrupted or labored breathing while sleeping.
The SUAD™ device worn while sleeping moves the lower jaw (mandible) forward into a comfortable position. This allows for relaxation of the tissues in the back of the throat; ensures the base of the tongue does not collapse and block your airway; plus gives you a safe and snore-less sleep. This oral appliance works especially well for heavy grinders.
Respire Blue +
This is a custom, personalized mouthpiece that features a dual block design with interlocking wings. The Respire Blue+ works by keeping the airway open in any sleep position while allowing for a wide range of mouth movement.
The interlocking wings with a dual-block design makes Respire Blue+ a less intrusive snoring and sleep apnea treatment option. The freedom in mouth movement provided by this oral appliances allows the wearer to more freely talk, drink and yawn.
Allowing patients to move laterally and vertically without disengaging the appliance, the Herbst has been proven to be effective treatment for snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. This is a particularly good option for fitting over existing partial dentures though the metal sliding piston arms can bother some users.
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 and instruction you on a new Klearway for use or if you are already a user, we can make you a new one when replacement is needed.
This oral dental appliance is used to reposition the lower jaw during sleep. The jaw is held in a position forward of the normal biting position which acts to pull the tongue forward and out of the airway. The Silencer is fabricated along the lines of a night guard or an athletic mouth guard but much more complex. Though an older style oral appliance, if you are a satisfied user we can make you a new one when replacement is needed.
The Moses® helps manage snoring and sleep apnea by stimulating protrusive tongue reflexes. An open anterior design advances the tongue and enlarges the cross-sectional area of the airway. The Moses® isn't widely used though it is a good option for some sufferers.
OASYS Oral / Nasal Airway System™ treats the two major causes of snoring and sleep apnea sleep by addressing upper airway resistance in the nasal region and blockage in the throat. While patients with nasal issues may favor wearing or treating the nose separately, this oral appliance is available and works well for some.