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Oral Appliance: How Effective Are They for Sleep Apnea?

How to get an oral appliance for sleep apnea

Visiting a sleep specialist is the first essential step to obtaining an oral appliance as a non-specialist cannot say whether the appliance would be useful or not. Only an experienced specialist would be able to tell if the anatomy of the person permits the use of this alternative A sleep specialist may also order polysomnography to find out the seriousness of the sleeping disorder.

Once it has been decided that a patient would benefit from MAD or MAS, he or she is referred to the dentist specializing in making these appliances. Each appliance is explicitly created for that individual. Thus the dentist would start by taking an impression (or mold) of the patient's bite, which is called the bite registration.

With the rising popularity of these devices, it is not a problem to get one of them. But, you should always check to see if you have the right criteria to have an oral appliance. Otherwise, it may not be effective and it could be dangerous to your overall health.


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