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Oral Appliance Therapy

What is Oral Appliance Therapy? How can I get started?

Oral appliance therapy refers to the use of a dental appliance, similar to an orthodontic retainer or an athletic mouth guard. Worn only during sleep, the appliance supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open airway.

Recent studies show that 91% of sleep apnea patients who were treated with an oral appliance were still using their appliances comfortably at the end of one year.

Dr. Shahamat works closely with physicians to treat snoring and sleep apnea. She will guide you through your treatment step by step.

These steps will include:
  • A complete clinical evaluation
    • Dr. Shahamat will evaluate your condition and prescribe an in home sleep study if necessary. During this time you will discuss your signs, symptoms and experiences with OSA. You’ll also be able to express any concerns about your condition.
  • Making and fitting of the oral appliance
    • The results of your sleep study will determine if you are a candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy. From these results a custom oral appliance is selected, fabricated, and adjusted best to your needs.
  • Follow up visits
    • After wearing the oral appliance for several nights, you will return for follow up appointments. Your symptoms will be reevaluated for any improvements since wearing your device.
  • Annual Assessments
    • Once your OSA condition is stabilized, annual visits will assure the proper wear and outcome of your oral appliance.
Treating OSA with Oral Appliance Therapy can help you feel like a new person. The quality of life and improvement of symptoms can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment.

Give us a call today and schedule your consultation @ 614-457-4303

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