Oral Appliances

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About Oral Appliances
Apnea Options uses a variety of oral appliances that are custom-fitted to help the patient sleep soundly and minimize the effects of sleep apnea and snoring. Listed on these pages are a representative sample of available appliance options.

These appliances essentially treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea by preventing airway obstruction and allowing the patient to breathe easily and continuously.

Worn in the mouth like an orthodontic appliance during sleep, oral appliances keep the soft tissue from collapsing and interrupting normal breathing patterns.

The purpose of the oral appliance may be to reposition the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and hyoid bone into a certain position, to keep the airway open with stabilization of the tongue and jaw, or to provide artificial muscle tone to prevent collapse and resulting airway blockage.

After a complete diagnosis, Apnea Options will recommend an oral appliance if needed, and let you know which type will work best for you.

Oral appliances may also be used in conjunction with other apnea treatments.
TAP 3 oral appliance
The TAP® 3 appliance is a proven treatment modality for mild to moderate OSA. It is currently being prescribed by over 7,000 dentists worldwide to cure snoring and sleep apnea. It has a technically simple design that attaches the upper and lower jaws together by utilizing a small hook and socket mechanism.

The single most distinguishing feature of the TAP® is that it can be adjusted by the patient while in the mouth by the use of a small detachable key until the lower jaw is brought forward enough to ensure the airway remains open during sleep. Once a comfortable degree of protrusion is achieved, the key is removed and the patient can completely close their mouth with the appliance inside. This unobtrusive, self adjustability is one of the reasons TAP® has a compliance rate of 95%.

Patients are empowered to manage the degree of lower jaw protrusion over as many nights as it takes to achieve the optimal effect comfortably. The fact that TAP® has a single point of adjustment prevents uneven bilateral adjustment which can create bite dysfunction.

Features of the TAP 3 appliance include:

• Patient-friendly
• Superior results
• Easy to fit
• Infinitely adjustable
• Precise control of advancement
• Interchangeable hooks
• Freedom for lateral movement
• More room for the tongue
• Allows lips to close

The SomnoDent® MAS is comfortable and easy to wear. The appliance uses the smallest amount of material possible, reducing bulkiness in the mouth. It is made up of two separate pieces, which allow you to speak, yawn and drink. The design does not limit tongue space which results in a high comfort level with the SomnoDent® MAS.

Additionally, the SomnoDent MAS is made from durable fade-proof acrylic that retains its shape and color for at least four-five years and is covered by a two year manufacturer's warranty.
SomnoDent MAS oral appliance
Klearway™ offers several distinct advantages over other appliances currently available on the market. It works by keeping the teeth together and holding the lower jaw and tongue forward during sleep to open the airway.

Klearway™ possesses excellent retention characteristics designed to keep the appliance in the mouth during all the various complex jaw movements which can occur during sleep.

Klearway™ provides full occlusal coverage of both arches and is very carefully designed not to encroach on tongue space. Furthermore, it facilitates the very slow and gradual movement of the mandible by permitting the patient to adjust the appliance according to his or her own comfort level with the guidance of Dr. Johnson.

Klearway™ allows the patient to feel less restricted - a sensation experienced by a small number of patients during the first few nights of wear. Once warmed under hot water and inserted, the acrylic resin hardens as it cools to body temperature and firmly affixes itself to both arches.

Lateral and vertical jaw movement is permitted which enables the patent to yawn, swallow, and drink water without dislodging the appliance. Patients with bruxism are also very comfortable in this appliance since it does not prevent jaw movements during sleep.
Klearway oral appliance
The SUAD™ Device is a premium dental sleep appliance developed for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It is an effective, comfortable, and durable alternative to CPAP therapy or corrective surgery.

By simply wearing The SUAD™ Device while sleeping, your lower jaw (mandible) will be moved forward into a comfortable position, allowing relaxation of the tissues at the back of your throat and ensuring the base of your tongue does not collapse and block your airway, giving you a safe and soundless sleep.

A growing number of men and women have discovered The SUAD™ Device to be the perfect solution for ending snoring and improving sleep quality. It is an ideal alternative treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or for those who have severe OSA, yet are unable or unwilling to tolerate CPAP therapy and/or surgery.
Suad oral appliance
The Herbst Appliance has been proven to be effective on chronic snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea sufferers.

This appliance allows patients to move laterally and vertically without disengaging the appliance. Also, if it is determined that the initial position does not provide the anticipated relief of the condition, the mandible can easily be moved forward by by adjusting the appliance.

The Herbst Appliance is a mandibular repositioner that has been in use many years for orthodontic and TMJ therapy prior to its modification for treatment of sleep disordered breathing.

The greatest advantage of the Herbst appliance is that it allows for very quick, easy and accurate mandibular protrusive adjustability.

Bilateral interarch elastics are recommended to keep the jaw closed during sleep.
Herbst oral appliance
The Myerson Elastic Mandibular Advancement (EMA) appliance is a simple, patient-friendly oral appliance created for non-invasive treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The design is simple, stable and allows for adjustability through the interchangeable elastic straps.

The primary treatment mechanism of opening the bite and gently moving the lower jaw forward is achieved with the use of occlusal bite pads and the interchangeable elastic straps that offer varying degrees of lower jaw advancement. This positioning of the lower jaw causes a forward movement of the tongue, re-opening the air flow through the oral pharynx (back of the throat). The flexibility of these elastic straps provides lateral movement and overall TMJ (jaw joint) comfort.

Additionally, because the straps offer varying degrees of elasticity, they allow for the jaw to move in all directions while moving the jaw forward into the desired position. This freedom of movement of the lower jaw significantly reduces the occurrence of jaw joint dysfunction and pain.
EMA Myerson Appliance

The aveoTSD is a simple treatment for Sleep Disordered Breathing. If you or someone you love suffers from snoring or has been clinically diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, the aveoTSD can reenergize your life.

Traditional mandibular advancement devices indirectly move the tongue forward by moving the lower jaw forward. But the aveoTSD directly suctions onto the tongue, preventing it from falling back into the throat and thereby increases airway volume. Made of medical-grade Dupont silicone, the aveoTSD is the only anti-snoring device that is indicated for anyone - including those who wear full dentures!

Sleep Disordered Breathing is a serious health condition that increases the risk of: high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disorders, heart failure, daytime fatigue, dementia, memory problems, obesity, diabetes and depression. Five years of clinical testing has shown the aveoTSD aids in a peaceful night's sleep and decreases these risks.


The tongue retaining devices have been well studied and shown to be effective in many patients.

Tongue retainers function by directly holding the tongue in a forward position by means of a suction bulb that holds the tongue. When the tongue is in a forward position, the back of the tongue does not collapse during sleep and obstruct the airway in the throat.

The tongue is held in the suction bulb that protrudes from between the teeth on this cast.
Tongue Retaining oral appliances