An oral appliance for snoring & sleep apnea is a small custom made Medically Prescribed custom dental device, similar to a removable orthodontic retainer. It is worn during sleep to improve the function of the upper airway by increasing its size and reducing its ability to collapse. Some oral appliances hold the lower jaw forward during sleep while others have a direct effect on tongue position. Oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea work by improving the passage of air flow and by preventing the tongue from collapsing against the back of the throat. Narrowing of the airway produces Snoring
and collapse causes obstructive Sleep Apnea
. Although oral appliances are not appropriate for everyone, a properly selected well-made, well-fitted oral appliance will reduce or eliminate snoring, and can significantly relieve symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.