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Oral appliance therapy effectively treats snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances are also a secondary treatment choice for sleep apnea patients who are unable to tolerate CPAP.
An oral appliance fits partially or completely in your mouth. These appliances look like orthodontic retainers or athletic mouth guards. Two types of oral appliances are available:
over the counter oral appliances, which are simple, easy to fit, and affordable
customized oral appliances, made by dentists, based on mouth/teeth impressions (currently available at Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, and, Edmonton Careica Health locations)
Dentists with training in oral appliance therapy can design, construct, and fit these special appliances to meet their patient’s individual needs. The dentist will guide your selection of an appliance, which both fits your lifestyle and best treats your sleep apnea and snoring. Follow-up with the dentist is important to ensure your appliance is comfortable and effectively treating your condition.