Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances

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A graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry, Avi Weisfogel, DDS, has nearly two decades of experience in dental care. Dr. Avi Weisfogel focuses on the intersection of dentistry and sleep medicine as the owner of Dental Sleep Masters, a New Jersey-based firm dedicated to helping dentists connect with and assist patients with sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common variety of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder involving repeatedly halted breathing during sleep. It occurs due to the relaxation of throat muscles while one is sleeping. Although its most common symptom is snoring, it can also cause issues such as daytime drowsiness, headaches upon waking, and insomnia.

One potential treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is the use of a custom-fit oral appliance. The appliance somewhat resembles an athletic mouth guard and supports the patient’s jaw during sleep to help keep the upper airway open. A patient will typically receive a referral from his or her sleep specialist to see a dentist, who will then fit the patient for oral appliance therapy. There are currently over 100 FDA-approved oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea available on the market to doctors and patients.