There are several types of oral appliances used to treat sleep apnea. Some devices reposition the tongue, some realign the jaw, and others achieve both at once. Dr. Spink will take impressions and 3-D digital images to ensure a comfortable fit and optimal treatment results. If you are not able to adjust to a CPAP machine, oral appliance therapy (OAT) may be a more appropriate solution.
The Daytime-Nighttime appliance, DNA® appliance, may be the most effective treatment for sleep apnea caused by malocclusion. It uses 3-D Axial springs and Do-Not-Adjust wire to refine your jaw and mid-facial bones. You will only wear the device at night. Patients typically adjust to it easily, and it involves little discomfort. Dr. Spink is highly trained in the use of this system. In fact, he uses it himself!
The Moses® prevents tooth movement, gently guides your tongue forward to keep your throat clear, and repositions your jaw, moving your lower mandible forward. The device also exerts a more gentle force than other types of oral appliances, making it easy to adjust to treatment. Your Moses® appliance will be carefully designed and crafted using an innovative two-part construction to achieve a comfortable fit.
More than 7000 dentists worldwide use the TAP® device to treat sleep apnea and snoring. The custom-made device brings your lower jaw forward while you sleep, keeping the airway open. You can adjust your TAP® device yourself for maximum control over your OSA treatment. The comfortable TAP® appliance is an excellent solution even for severe sleep apnea.
The SomnoDent® Mandibular Adjustment Splint can treat mild to moderate OSA. This custom device moves the lower jaw forward to reposition soft tissues and the muscles in the airway. Dr. Spink can easily adjust your SomoDent® device for optimal results. The device has a soft inner lining, so you can speak and drink easily during use. It is also very discreet, and you will be able to close your lips fully while wearing your device.
If your lower jaw position is causing sleep apnea, the SUADTM Device can help. The custom appliance moves your lower jaw forward, relaxing the throat muscles. This FDA-approved device may be the most suitable option if you suffer from bruxism, since it is specially engineered to withstand the increased pressure of teeth grinding. If you wear a full or partial denture, Dr. Spink can adapt the SUADTM appliance to meet your needs.
With myTAPTM, Dr. Spink can provide instant treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea. He can typically fit the comfortable device in just one 15-minute appointment. However, in most cases Dr. Spink will use the myTAPTM device as a pre-treatment to make sure that oral appliance therapy is the right choice for you.
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