Oral Appliance Therapy in Silver Spring, MD
Get the Care You Need From Our Sleep Specialist
Relive the burden of your sleep apnea symptoms with oral appliance therapy at Silver Spring Sleep Solutions. Dr. Bassford, your sleep dentist, provides custom oral appliances as effective alternatives to CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines. Don’t suffer from sleepless nights and fatigue during the days any longer. We’ll work with you to ensure you get the care you need.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment for snoring and mild sleep apnea cases. Oral appliances often referred to as snore guards, are custom-made devices worn while you sleep. The appliance gently repositions the lower jaw and the base of your tongue, keeping your airway open. Rediscover restful, uninterrupted sleep with oral appliance therapy!
The Benefits of Oral Appliances
Patients enjoy the various benefits that oral appliances provide, including:
- Customized for you
- A success rate of over 90 percent
- A 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 feature two different types of oral appliance therapy. Dr. Bassford will work with you to help you find the perfect fit.
Types of Oral Appliance Therapy
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.
Our Silver Spring sleep dentist will 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 TAP 3
The Thornton Adjustable Positioner 3 (TAP 3) is an oral appliance that looks similar to 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do oral appliances 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 will influence the total cost.
Most insurances will cover a portion of your oral appliance expenses. We recommend contacting your provider to get a detailed overview of your coverage. If you have questions about the cost of oral appliance therapy, call our Silver Spring, MD office at (240) 234-0948.
Which is better, a CPAP machine or an oral appliance?
While a CPAP machine is a trusted method for treating sleep apnea, it comes with its own limitations. One study found that only 30 to 60% of patients who were prescribed a CPAP machine 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 noses. 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 best for you.
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.
To schedule your consultation, call our Silver Spring office at (240) 234-0948.
Your Path to a Better Night’s Sleep With Oral Appliance Therapy
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 our Silver Spring dental office at (240) 234-0948 to learn more about our sleep apnea care and oral appliance therapy. 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.