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Oral Appliance Therapy


At Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA, we help you get oral appliance therapy to treat your sleep apnea in a non-invasive way.

Oral appliance therapy is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea. This involves wearing a device in your mouth that acts much like a night mouthguard or an oral splint. These devices are custom-fitted, and hence, using over-the-counter appliances are strongly discouraged.

Types of Oral Appliances


Although oral appliances come in several different forms, they mainly fall under two categories:
•  Mandibular Repositioning Devices: These oral devices push your lower jaw forward and downwards so that your airway remains open while you sleep. These are the most commonly used oral appliance to treat sleep apnea.
•  Tongue Retaining Devices: These are personalized monobloc devices that hold your tongue in place without moving your jaw. This keeps your airways open.

Benefits of Oral Appliances


Oral appliance therapy has several advantages over other treatment options:
•  Oral appliance therapy is a non-invasive and effective way to treat sleep apnea. Patients prefer them as they are more comfortable than CPAP devices and definitely safer than surgery.
•  Oral appliances are very easy to use as they can be worn much like your regular mouthguard or dentures.
•  These devices are small, and you can easily take them with you when you are traveling. They can be conveniently carried inside your purse or a carry-on bag.
•  One of the biggest advantages is that they make no noise, unlike some breathing devices. This means you have a better chance to sleep undisturbed.

Making Your Oral Appliances


At Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA, Dr. Jonathan Golab will first educate you about sleep apnea and the benefits of oral appliance therapy. We will then perform a physical examination of your teeth, tongue, jaw, and airway and may also recommend an x-ray.

We will take physical impressions of your teeth or make digital models of your mouth via the CAD/CAM technology. These models are sent to a dental lab where your oral appliance is made. After the appliance has been made, you will be fitted with the device, and we will make adjustments to its fit to ensure maximum effectiveness and comfort for you.

We may also recommend follow-up visits to check whether your oral appliance fits you perfectly. A periodic checkup of your appliance is necessary to ensure the long-term success of your treatment.

Potential Side Effects of Your Oral Appliances


During your oral appliance therapy, you may experience minor side effects like dry mouth or, conversely, excess saliva in your mouth. You may also have a temporary change in your bite and some jaw and tooth discomfort.

These complications can be identified and managed by Dr. Jonathan Golab.

Treating obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you improve the quality of your sleep, and hence, the quality of your life. Successful treatment means a healthy mind, body, and heart. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, call us now at (469) 444-7919 to schedule a visit with us.


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