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How do mouth devices treat sleep apnea?

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Whatever type you choose, you’ll need to see a dentist to have it fitted.

You can also buy a “boil and bite'' device over the counter or online. You heat it in hot water, then bite into it to make it fit your mouth.

  • Mandibular advancement device (MAD). This looks like a mouth guard that athletes wear.Hinges let your lower jaw ease forward, which helps keep your airway open .
  • Tongue retaining device. This is like a splint that holds your tongue in place to keep your airway open.

SOURCES:

Bollig, S. September, 2010. Respiratory Care,

Oksenberg, A. November, 2006. Laryngoscope,

Vanderveken, O. July 15, 2008. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,

Ryan, S. online July 28, 2010. Journal of Sleep Research,

Sheri Katz, DDS, past president, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; private practice dentist, Decatur, Ga.

Nancy Collop, MD, 2011-12 president, American Academy of Sleep Medicine; director, Emory University Sleep Center, and professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Apnea and Sleep."

American Sleep Apnea Association: “Treatment Options for Adults With Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Bollig, S. September, 2010. Respiratory Care,

Oksenberg, A. November, 2006. Laryngoscope,

Vanderveken, O. July 15, 2008. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,

Ryan, S. online July 28, 2010. Journal of Sleep Research,

Sheri Katz, DDS, past president, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; private practice dentist, Decatur, Ga.

Nancy Collop, MD, 2011-12 president, American Academy of Sleep Medicine; director, Emory University Sleep Center, and professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

National Sleep Foundation: "Sleep Apnea and Sleep."

American Sleep Apnea Association: “Treatment Options for Adults With Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 15, 2018

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