A Custom Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Can Protect Your Overall Health

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when throat muscles relax and block the airway during sleep. Dr. Gary Ludka and the team at Bowie Dental Sleep Center take a conservative approach to treating this condition. If you have been diagnosed with OSA, we can provide a custom oral appliance to help you get a good night’s sleep and protect your overall wellbeing.

​​​​​​​The device will be designed to reposition your lower jaw and tongue so that your airway will remain clear during the night. When compared to treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, using a sleep apnea oral appliance from our Bowie, MD, practice can be more comfortable and convenient. Contact Bowie Dental Sleep Center to find out how you may benefit from sleep apnea treatment with an oral appliance.

The most suitable appliance for you will depend on your needs, personal preferences, and budget.

Oral Appliances We Offer

At Bowie Dental Sleep Center, we use several different types of oral appliances to treat sleep apnea:

TAP®: Using a special tension mechanism, the ​TAP® oral appliance will gently reposition your lower jaw. This appliance allows for a greater range of adjustment than nearly all other devices and it is easy to calibrate.

SomnoDent®: The SomnoDent® oral appliance is made using the highest quality acrylic and designed to be incredibly comfortable. Studies have shown that roughly 90 percent of patients reported improvement in sleep quality when using a SomnoDent® appliance.

Panthera™ D-SAD: This appliance is designed to provide superior comfort. The Panthera™ D-SAD is metal-free and made using advanced CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology for an extremely precise fit.

ProSomnus: The ProSomnus is metal free. It provides a smoother more comfortable surface. It is 22% stronger in every direction allowing 30% less overall volume, less mouth opening, and less or no tooth movement for improved comfort and accuracy. It also has the longest warranty available – up to three years.

In addition to helping you get a complete night’s sleep, each type of oral appliance can also reduce or eliminate snoring.

Customizing Your Appliance

The most suitable appliance for you will depend on your needs, personal preferences, and budget. Once you and Dr. Ludka have selected the type of device to receive, we will take impressions of your teeth and measure the distance your jaw moves to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.

It will typically take about three weeks for the lab to craft your appliance. Once it is finished, Dr. Ludka will check the fit and provide instructions for how to use it. You will return to our practice at regular three-week intervals so that we can monitor your progress and adjust the device, as needed. Dr. Ludka will use subjective tests and a portable pulse oximeter to determine how well the appliance is working. Once he believes the device is optimally calibrated, you will undergo a second sleep study to verify the results.

Oral Appliances vs. CPAP

Before the introduction of oral appliances, CPAP was the most popular form of treatment for sleep apnea. With this approach, a patient wears a mask over his or her mouth and nose while a machine delivers a stream of air to keep the airway open during sleep. A CPAP machine can still be a good option in some cases, but less than 50 percent of all patients can tolerate the treatment. Fortunately, oral appliances offer a less invasive way to effectively treat sleep apnea.

Learn More about Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances

To find out if you are a good candidate for a sleep apnea oral appliance, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Ludka today.