If you’re looking for an oral appliance to treat your sleep apnea, you need to be aware of all of your options. You could find one online, but since it won’t be designed specifically for you, it most likely won’t fit properly and will cause severe discomfort once you place it in your mouth. In some cases, a “one-size-fits-all” appliance could actually end up making things worse! Dr. Thompson knows how important it is for you to receive an appliance that meets your unique needs and will personally take responsibility for designing it based on an impression of your smile. Call us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your options and explore the types of oral appliances for Denver, CO patients in need of obstructive sleep apnea therapy.
A Herbst oral appliance is actually traditionally used during orthodontic treatment. It’s meant to help guide the growth and development of the lower jaw in order to correct bite-related issues or certain forms of malocclusion. We can give you a special kind of removable Herbst appliance made out of acrylic material that will move your jaw slightly forward in order to keep the airway open and clear at night. The Herbst appliance will be attached to the back teeth in your upper and lower jaws, and it can eliminate the need for invasive oral surgery in young adults.
A SomnoMed appliance brings the lower jaw forward in order to avoid blockages of the airway. There actually various kinds of SomnoMed brand appliances, and they each have a different mechanism that’s suitable for specific patients. Dr. Thompson will carefully examine your mouth before choosing the SomnoMed style that will comfortably meet your needs.