How does a dentist find out what oral appliance to use for sleep apnea? Do they fit it themselves specifically for each patient or is it one size fits all?
Doctors Answers (4)
Oral appliances should be made specifically for you for the best fit and use. "One size fits all" appliances may not be best. An evaluation by a dentist who makes these appliances, such as myself and this office, would be needed.
There are literally hundreds of different oral appliances that can be used to help manage your obstructive sleep apnea. Do you want one that is comfortable, easy to adjust and is guaranteed to last for several years? If so,you can plan on spending a lot more on that type-$2000-$3000. Once you know what your budget is, then you can choose which appliance is right for you.
Oral appliances are custom fit devices tailored to each patient by first taking a full dental impression and then having the device made to those specifications. Typically, the dentist will have a device he/she prefers based on any number of reasons such as ease of use, cost, convenience, etc.
There are many FDA approved custom designs for an oral appliance to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The dentist will select one that is appropriate for you.