Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Get Relief Without Using CPAP

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If CPAP isn’t for you, Dr. Alice Bassford has alternatives. Our oral appliance therapy is quiet, discreet, and easy-to-use.

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine considers oral appliance therapy (OAT) to be the preferred method for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea.

An oral appliance, often referred to as a snore guard, is a device that you wear in your mouth when you sleep. The appliance gently repositions the lower jaw and the base of the tongue, keeping your airway open all night long.

OAT will prevent the obstruction that causes sleep apnea — so you can enjoy restful, uninterrupted night sleep every night.

Oral Appliance Therapy Is Quiet and Convenient

The Benefits of OAT include:

  • Customized to fit your jaw comfortably
  • Success rates of over 90 percent
  • Great alternative to CPAP if you are resistant/unsuccessful with it
  • Can help you avoid associated health risks of sleep apnea

At Silver Spring Sleep Solutions, we have a few options for OAT available. Dr. Bassford will find the perfect fit for you,


The Narval CC is a mandibular repositioning device (MRD) that Dr. Bassford uses to treat snoring and sleep apnea. It relieves your symptoms by comfortably adjusting your lower jaw. The Narval CC is custom-made just for you.

We’ll create a precise impression of your mouth and digitally transfer this information to Narval where their CAD specialists will create your device. They use advanced materials and a rigorous quality control process to make a durable device that fits perfectly. .


The Thornton Adjustable Positioner 3 (TAP 3) is an oral appliance that looks a lot like an athletic mouthguard. It features two trays that fit snugly over your upper and lower arches.

The trays work together to prevent soft tissue from collapsing into the airway while you sleep. This alleviates your sleep apnea symptoms, allowing you to breathe freely throughout the night.

We’ll Find the Solution That’s Right for You

Dr. Alice Bassford is an experienced sleep dentist with special training that’s recognized by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. She’ll make sure you get the restful sleep you need.

It’s time to wake up feeling refreshed and energized every day. Call (301) 593-5500 to learn more about our sleep apnea care. If you want, we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bassford. We can’t wait to meet you and help you find relief.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best oral device for sleep apnea?

The best device for sleep apnea depends on your specific needs. Each oral device is customized to fit your unique bite and support the jaw to help maintain an open upper airway. Once you’ve completed a sleep test, Dr. Bassford will review your diagnosis and help determine the best oral device for you and your sleep disorder.

How much does an oral appliance cost?

The average cost of an oral appliance ranges from $1,800 to $2,000. This includes your custom-made oral device, adjustments, follow-ups, and modifications. However, the cost differs from patient to patient, and certain factors like your medical history, treatment goals, type of sleep disorder, and oral device used.

Is oral appliance therapy covered by insurance?

Most medical insurance companies cover a portion or all of the oral appliance therapy, but some may not. We strongly recommend contacting your insurance provider to get an understanding of your coverage. If you’d like, a knowledgeable member of our staff can contact them for you to ensure you receive your maximum coverage and benefits. 

Together, we’ll help you find the most effective solution that fits your needs and lifestyle. If there are any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to call our office at (301) 593-5500 and a knowledgeable team member will be happy to assist you.

Which is better, a CPAP machine, or an oral appliance?

While a CPAP machine is a trusted treatment method for treating sleep apnea, it comes with its own limitations. One study found that between 30 to 60% of patients who were prescribed to use a CPAP machine actually followed through with their treatment. 

In addition to historically low adherence rates, the CPAP machine is bulky, loud, and uncomfortable. Many patients complain of feeling claustrophobic, difficulty falling asleep, sores, and dry or stuffy nose. An oral appliance is customized to fit the contours of your smile. It can fit in the palm of your hand for easy storage and transportation. 


Best of all, it won’t keep you up at night. The best treatment is always the one you follow through with and Dr. Bassford will examine your symptoms and explain the benefits of each treatment so you can make the decision that’s right for you.

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10301 Georgia Ave, Suite 207
Silver Spring, MD 20902