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Dental devices and sleep apnea implants can also help you

Most dental devices are made from acrylic and fit inside your mouth. They look like an athletic mouth guard. These devices fit around your head and chin to adjust the position of your lower jaw. You can also use a mandibular repositioning device or a tongue retaining device. Both devices open your airway by bringing your lower jaw or your tongue forward while you sleep.

Dental devices can only be used for mild to moderate sleep apnea. You need to have this device fitted by a dentist who specializes in sleep apnea and see them periodically so that they can adjust it in place.

Sleep Apnea Implants

A new treatment for sleep apnea is the addition of a pacemaker system that excites muscles to keep the airway open. This treatment has been approved by the FDA for those with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.