Sleep Apnea Treatment in San Jose, CA
The OASYS Oral/Nasal Airway System is the first dental appliance to be FDA approved not for the treatment of sleep apnea but as a device that can increase airflow through your nose. It has two unique features that make it the most adjustable device ever invented.
One feature is the addition of two acrylic “bulbs” attached to the wire support in the front of the mouth. These two bulbs are adjusted to improve the airflow through your nose.
There are two more thin paddles on the inside near the floor of your mouth. These paddles can be adjusted to give added support to your tongue. No other sleep appliance can be customized like the OASYS to improve performance.
Herbst Sleep Appliance
The Herbst Sleep Appliance was one of the earliest designs used to control snoring and sleep apnea. The appliance gets its name from the telescoping bars located on each side of the device.
These bars have been used in orthodontics for years to “move the lower jaw forward”—which is exactly what needs to happen in order to open the airway in your throat.
This design is especially suitable for people that grind their teeth. The “bars” are made of stainless steel, so they can take a lot of stress while making them a snap to clean after use. The bars are adjustable so minor improvements can be made to them to improve the performance. The Herbst is good for both obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
Respire Blue Series
The Respire Blue Series retainer is one of the newer designs on the market. The two-piece design uses a “fin” to hold your lower jaw in a slightly forward position. Its small profile makes it a popular choice with patients.
It’s made from a proprietary medical-grade hard resin outer shell for strength and durability that is bonded to a durable soft silicone liner. Its highly polished surface makes it comfortable to wear and gentle on the soft tissues of your cheek and tongue. All of the adjustment mechanisms are made of medical-grade stainless steel, ensuring they do not rust and remain workable for many years.
Improvements are made to its performance by turning an adjustment screw housed in a protective shell on each side of the retainer. The liner comfortably holds the upper and lower arches in place and protects your teeth from grinding. It controls both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
There are times when patients cannot tolerate using CPAP, but just using an oral appliance does not reduce their sleep apnea to a safe level.
Instead of having to go back to their CPAP and dealing with all of the issues, the best of both treatment options can work together to get the desired result.
This is known as combination therapy and it works like this:
- We’ll use an oral appliance to partially open the airway so that 40% less pressure is needed to provide treatment. With less pressure, many of the issues of using CPAP can be eliminated.
- The hoses are attached to the oral appliance and not to some strap-on device that many patients find annoying. With less pressure needed and no headgear to hold a mask in place, “nasal pillows” can be used as a comfortable alternative to a CPAP mask.
If you are currently wearing an oral appliance and it’s not working for you, it’s possible we could rehabilitate it so that you could use combination therapy to treat your sleep apnea.