Sleep appliances are dental devices designed to improve the quality of sleep for individuals with sleep-related disorders like sleep apnea, snoring, and bruxism. One type of sleep appliance is the mandibular advancement device (MAD), which repositions the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open during sleep, reducing snoring and alleviating sleep apnea symptoms. Tongue-retaining devices (TRDs) hold the tongue in a forward position, preventing airway blockage. Palatal expansion devices gradually expand the palate, creating more space in the oral cavity to improve breathing. These custom-made appliances are prescribed after a thorough evaluation by a dental professional and can significantly enhance sleep quality, reduce daytime fatigue, and lower the risk of associated health problems.
To benefit from sleep appliances, individuals should consult with a dental professional specializing in dental sleep medicine. After a diagnosis is made, a custom-fit sleep appliance is created based on the patient’s specific needs. Regular follow-ups and adjustments ensure optimal fit and effectiveness. By improving breathing, reducing snoring, and addressing sleep-related issues, sleep appliances offer a non-invasive alternative to other treatments and help individuals achieve better sleep and overall well-being.