Sleep Apnea Dentist
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea in the San Ramon area, Dr. Carol Jin can determine if you are a candidate for a sleep apnea mouth guard. Many patients find CPAP machines intolerable and decide to let their diagnosed sleep apnea condition go untreated not realizing they may have other options. At our dental office, we can offer an alternative treatment with our simple and easy-to-use mouth guards for sleep apnea. Whether you are currently struggling with a bulky, uncomfortable CPAP machine or have only recently been diagnosed with OSA (obstructive sleep apnea), we can help. Dr. Jin specializes in oral appliance therapy and will work with you and your doctor to find the right solution for your specific condition.
Sleep Apnea Mouth Guards
Dental appliances for sleep apnea are somewhat similar to a night guard or a bite guard. They are worn during the night and their primary function is to maintain an open airway. Unlike a CPAP, these mouth guards are comfortable, silent, easy to use, and easy to travel with.
Your typical face mask CPAP machine is the most conventional treatment for OSA, but new technology has developed in the form of oral dental devices. These oral appliances are more portable and can be custom fitted to your mouth. There are many types of sleep apnea oral devices now on the market, but Dr. Jin particularly recommends these FDA-approved appliances:
- Adjustable Herbst
Fight Severe Sleep Apnea With TAP
The TAP oral device is highly effective, even for cases of severe sleep apnea. It keeps your airway open so that you can breathe properly bringing the lower jaw forward to prevent the airway from closing and causing a gap in your breathing. You will be able to get a better night’s sleep with much less snoring.
SonoMed – Adjustable Oral Appliances
The SonoMed OSA oral device allows your mouth to open and close rather than remaining in a fixed position all night. Dr. Jin can gradually advance the lower jaw to the exact point where your snoring and OSA are reduced to acceptable levels. This oral appliance allows you to open and shut your mouth and lips. So you can talk and drink liquids with it in place.
The Adjustable Herbst is a small oral device more appropriate for mild to moderate sleep apnea and snoring. With proper adjustment, you can talk or take medication while wearing it. Dr. Jin can help you determine which adjustable oral appliance is most suitable for your degree of sleep apnea.
MicrO2, Your Key To Comfort
MicrO2 is the smallest and most comfortable OSA oral device to date. This oral appliance leaves more space in your mouth as well as letting you easily open and shut your mouth while wearing it. Your comfort is always our priority.
Improve Your Quality of Life Today
If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea in the San Ramon area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Carol Jin today. We recommend having a sleep study completed under your primary doctor’s care prior to your visit in order to determine if you do in fact have OSA. Dr. Jin will work with your doctor to determine whether an oral appliance for sleep apnea is the right treatment option for you.