Oral appliance therapy has evolved as an alternative to the CPAP for anyone diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Dr. Harper works with you to coordinate appropriate care based on the results of a sleep test, or study, and the recommendation or prescription of your physician.
Dr. Harper will work with every patient on an individual basis to choose the right oral appliance for your needs. There are several important factors to take into consideration. For example, we will examine the structure of your jaw and the severity of your sleep disorder. We will also work with you to fully maximize your dental and medical benefits.
In general, an oral appliance should open the airway, relax the jaw muscles, and allow you to breathe comfortably throughout the night. There are many devices available, but we only choose to use the most effective for your needs.
Coastal Virginia Sleep Solutions works with a range of vendors and will change our oral appliance options as the science and technology evolve. We will only offer our patients what we consider to be the “best of the best”.
A few examples below demonstrate the custom fit of a sleep appliance and resemblance to a sports mouthguard. Most patients find their sleep appliance to be comfortable, easy to take along when traveling, and that they are able to drink fluids and speak clearly when it’s in place.
TAP Adjustable Appliance
EMA Sleep Appliance