An Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is a dental appliance used in the treatment of certain sleep-related breathing disorders, particularly obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. It’s a non-invasive and non-surgical option designed to help open the upper airway and promote better airflow during sleep. The OAT looks somewhat like a mouthguard and is custom-fitted to the patient’s teeth and jaw.
The primary function of a OAT is to advance or reposition the lower jaw (mandible) slightly forward during sleep. By doing so, it helps prevent the collapse or narrowing of the upper airway, which is a common cause of snoring and sleep apnea events. By keeping the airway open, it reduces the likelihood of interruptions in breathing and can lead to improved sleep quality and reduced symptoms associated with sleep apnea.
OATs are considered one of the conservative treatment options for sleep apnea and are often recommended for individuals with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer a non-surgical approach or are unable to tolerate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. They are custom-made by a dentist or dental specialist to ensure a proper fit and effectiveness.
It’s important to note that the use of a OAT should be under the guidance of a dentist with expertise in dental sleep medicine, to ensure it’s suitable for the individual’s specific condition and needs.
Presenting Our OASYS Appliance for OSA Treatment:
At our clinic, we specialize in treating mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) using the OASYS appliance. This remarkable oral appliance therapy, invented by Dr. Mark Abramson himself, is renowned for its comprehensive approach to OSA management.
What Sets the OASYS Appliance Apart:
The OASYS appliance is meticulously handcrafted to target several crucial factors contributing to OSA:
Are You a Suitable Candidate for the OASYS Appliance?
The OASYS appliance is thoughtfully designed to fit comfortably over the lower teeth, making it an excellent option for most patients including those with complete upper dentures or those using Invisalign trays. However, it’s important to note that if you’re currently experiencing jaw pain, addressing this concern is our top priority before proceeding safely with this oral appliance therapy.