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Our Miami Sleep Apnea dentists use a variety of sleep apnea oral appliances that are custom-fitted to help the patient sleep soundly and minimize the effects of sleep apnea, such as snoring. These FDA-approved devices essentially treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea by preventing airway obstruction and allowing the patient to breathe easily and continuously. Worn in the mouth like an orthodontic appliance during sleep, oral appliances keep the soft tissue from collapsing and interrupting normal breathing patterns. The purpose of the oral appliance may be to reposition the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and hyoid bone into a certain position, to keep the airway open with stabilization of the tongue and jaw, or to provide artificial muscle tone to prevent collapse and resulting airway blockage. Our Miami sleep apnea dentists will fit your oral appliance for comfort by using a mold of your mouth to design your unique fit.

 

After a complete diagnosis, our dentists will recommend an oral appliance if needed, and let you know which brand will work best for you. Oral appliances may be used in conjunction with other apnea treatments. Listed below are common FDA-approved oral appliances accepted for snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

 

FDA approved Oral Appliances

Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP)
Most Effective for Severe Apnea

 

The Thornton Adjustable Positioner appliance is the only appliance that can be titrated in the sleep lab while the patient is asleep. The Thornton Adjustable Positioner uses the principle of cardiopulmonary resuscitation to keep the airway open in order to help patients maintain proper breathing techniques. Oxygen is allowed to flow adequately into the airway with the help of a device that holds the lower jaw forward to prevent collapse of the airway and eliminate instances of breathing cessation. With improved breathing, patients are able to get a good night's rest and give their partners a chance to sleep with decreased snoring. The TAP device is comfortable and adjustable to fit patients' unique size and shape mouths.

 

SomnoMed MAS
The SomnoMed MASis a custom-made device, consisting of upper and lower dental plates with a unique patented fin-coupling component, which allows normal mouth opening

SomnoMed Mas

and closing. If required, a part can be added to make the device adjustable. This feature provides incremental and adjustable levels of lower jaw advancement, which improves the effectiveness and comfort-level of treatment as the jaw is moved only as far as is required to alleviate snoring and reduce OSA. Key features and benefits of the device include: Permits normal mouth opening Allows speech and drinking Provides full lip-seal Easily adjustable Safe and effective Clinically proven Custom-fitted Additionally, the SomnoMed MAS is made from durable fade-proof acrylic that retains its shape and color for at least four-five years and is covered by a two year manufacturer's warranty.

 

 

 

Please contact our Miami sleep apnea dentists today to schedule your initial consultation. Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in the Miami and Coral Gables, Florida area.