There are several types of oral appliances that can treat snoring and sleep apnea. Since every patient has individual needs, Dr. Priemer utilizes a variety of appliances that have different strengths and weaknesses to obtain an optimal result. Although Dr. Priemer is familiar with many appliances, he focuses on Narval, Panthera, SomnoMed MAS™, and The TAP 3. In certain circumstances he may also recommend a tongue retaining device. Other devices he may use are the SUAD or EMA appliance and he is continually evaluating new appliance designs.
Dental appliances are a breakthrough in treatment options for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or severe sleep apnea when CPAP is not the preferred option. Portable and relatively comfortable, these devices are a good alternative to other treatment options. There are several different appliances Dr. Priemer recommends based on the needs of the patient. Upon meeting with you, Dr. Priemer will conduct an examination and then suggest which appliance is best for your needs.
The Panthera DSAD is a dental appliance that can be used for the treatment of snoring and/or obstructive sleep apnea. The Panthera DSAD is recommended to be prescribed for the treatment of snoring, mild to moderate sleep apnea, and severe sleep apnea for patients who do not tolerate the CPAP treatment or comply with it.
Worn during sleep, Somnodent devices fit over your upper and lower teeth. The device slightly moves the lower jaw forward, helping to keep the airway open and allowing you to breathe normally.
The Thornton Adjustable Positioner® (TAP®) is an oral appliance similar to an athletic mouth guard that is worn while sleeping. Developed with advanced technology, the TAP® reduces sleep apnea and associated health risks without the need for surgery, medications, or other more cumbersome therapy.
As with all medical treatments, there are no guarantees. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine guidelines recommend Oral Appliance Therapy as a first line treatment for snoring, mild, and moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea and we are proud of our success rate for these conditions. Success for treatment of severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea, while not as predictable, still makes Oral Appliance Therapy a viable alternative for those patients for whom CPAP is not an option. At the initial consultation visit, Dr. Priemer will be happy to review your sleep study and advise you of your chances of a positive result. We have successfully treated hundreds of patients with all degrees of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.