mature adult man using an oral appliance before he sleepsThere are many sleep apnea treatment options, and the right one for you depends on many factors. But there are many good reasons to consider an oral appliance for your sleep apnea treatment.

Proven Effective

Oral appliances have been thoroughly tested, and they have shown that they are effective at treating sleep apnea. They can reduce or eliminate snoring and daytime sleepiness, and can dramatically reduce your risks related to sleep apnea. The science is clear: they are a viable treatment alternative to CPAP.

Treats All Levels of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Oral appliances can be used to treat all levels of obstructive sleep apnea. They will give improvement of sleep apnea symptoms and reduce sleep apnea severity for patients with all levels of apnea. That being said, people with severe obstructive sleep apnea should try CPAP first. Oral appliances can be used if you can’t tolerate CPAP, but they’re considered a secondary treatment for severe obstructive sleep apnea.


Oral appliances are about the simplest piece of medical equipment you will ever own. You just put it in. It may take a couple days to get it completely right, but there’s nothing to plug in, no settings to adjust, no hoses to put together, no reservoirs to monitor or fill.

Adjustment is typically just a simple screw that you turn with a special tool. Piece of cake.

Maintenance is simple, too. Rinse it every day and soak it occasionally to keep it clean. And that’s about all it takes to keep it functioning properly.

Easy to Transport

If you’ve ever traveled with CPAP, you know what a pain that can be. If you try to take your home unit, you might need a separate bag for the device and all its accessories. A travel CPAP is a little better, but might not have all the features you’re used to. And while most TSA agents now recognize a CPAP machine, it can still be a pain at the airport.

Oral appliances, on the other hand, can fit in your pocket or purse. It’s the kind of thing you can grab on your way out the door, not something you have to plan to be able to carry.


But the thing that many people enjoy most about oral appliances is how comfortable they are. It’s not just that you don’t have the mask, the hose, the straps, and the entire apparatus connected to your face. Those are the things that can make CPAP uncomfortable, and an oral appliance doesn’t have that, but in addition, oral appliances can be just comfortable to wear.

You see, most people with sleep apnea also have TMJ, even if they don’t know it. Overnight, their jaw sits in a highly uncomfortable position, often clenching and grinding to try to maintain an open airway. When properly fitted, an oral appliance not only treats your sleep apnea, it is therapeutic for your TMJ, too. Instead of waking up with a sore jaw and sore teeth, you will wake up with your jaw feeling more comfortable than ever.

If that isn’t the experience you’re having with your oral appliance, it hasn’t been fitted properly and you should talk to a different sleep dentist.

Learn Which Treatment Is Right for You in Detroit

If you are looking for a Detroit sleep dentist who can help you enjoy all the benefits of oral appliance therapy for your sleep apnea, please call (248) 480-0085 for an appointment at the Michigan Center for TMJ & Sleep Wellness.