Treatment Options Adults
Oral Appliance Therapy
Dr. Michael Holm and Rogue Dental Sleep Solutions are a general dentist office that is limited to the treatment of Sleep Apnea and Snoring using Comprehensive Oral Appliance Therapy. The appliance works by gently holding the mandible (lower jaw) in a precise position during the night, helping to prevent the collapse of the airway. Each appliance is custom made and adjusted using an advanced technology called Eccovision Acoustic Pharyngometer, which is similar to SONAR. The appliance fits much like a sports mouth guard. Oral appliances are a comfortable and easy to use solution for managing sleep apnea and snoring. In 2015 the American Academy of Sleep Medicine issued updated practice parameters recommending the use of custom fabricated oral appliances made by trained dentists for patients with snoring and sleep apnea who prefer an oral appliance over CPAP or have failed CPAP therapy. We accept most medical insurances, including Medicare.
Am I a Candidate for an Oral Appliance?
Most people are great candidates for an oral appliance. During our complimentary consultation we can determine if it is an option for you. If you have had a Sleep Study, please bring a copy of the results with you.
Examples of Oral Appliances
There are many FDA approved Oral Appliances on the market today. Rogue Dental Sleep Solutions will help you select and fit the best appliance for you.
CPAP is the traditional gold standard for the management of sleep apnea. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure and works by pumping room air through a hose into a nasal or mouth mask that is strapped to the patients head. Constant pressure in the airway pushes the collapsible tissues out of the way and helps maintains an open/stable airway. Rogue Dental Sleep Solutions fully supports the use of CPAP therapy for patients who are able to tolerate it. While highly effective at managing sleep apnea, CPAP therapy has proven to be difficult for many patients and many CPAP users are “non-compliant” within 6 months. If you are having a hard time wearing your CPAP every night, Oral Appliance Therapy may be a great option for you.
Some patients benefit from surgical procedures that remove excess tissue around the throat. These procedures are usually provided by an ENT surgeon.