Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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Dental treatments for Sleep Disorders



Dentists use a variety of oral appliances to treat sleep disorders. This approach to the treatment of sleep disorders, mainly sleep apnea, is called oral appliance therapy. In some cases a dentist who specializes in sleep medicine may recommend certain surgical procedures to best control sleep disorder symptoms.


Before beginning oral appliance therapy your dentist will collect data about your sleep patterns. Sometimes this is done through an at-home sleep study. If you have had somnography at a sleep lab, or if your sleep physician plans to send you to a sleep lab to study your sleep habits then your dentist will likely be able to get all the data required from the oral appliance therapy from the sleep lab study results. The dentist will also have to take X-rays and impressions.


Your dentist will show you several types of oral appliances and help you select the appliance that will provide the most benefit for you. Based on the impressions taken of your teeth and mouth, the dentist will have an oral appliance created specifically for you. Be sure you understand how to use and care for the appliance as it will be an important part of managing your sleep disorder.


There are over 80 different oral appliances on the market but they can be divided into two basic types. Tongue retaining appliances keep the tongue in a forward position to prevent it from blocking the airway. Mandibular repositioning appliances pull and hold the lower jaw forward which helps stabilize the jaw and keep the airway open. Depending on your specific sleep disorder, physiology, and sleep habits your dentist will help you determine the most appropriate type of oral appliance to help you. The oral appliance may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments, especially CPAP.


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