Are there mouth devices that treat sleep apnea?

This question was asked in Elk Grove, California on 01/14/2013.
Are there mouth devices that prevent sleep apnea?

Doctors Answers (6)

Jana P. Kaimal, MD, FCCP
Answered on: 1/25/2013

There are some mouth devices available, however, the CPAP machine remains the gold standard in treatment of sleep apnea. Your best bet is to make an appointment with our board certified sleep specialist to discuss your options.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 1/16/2013

Yes, there are "mouth devices" that treat sleep apnea. These devices are designed to advance the mandible (lower jaw bone) forward which opens (or prevents collapse of) the airway behind and below the tongue. These devices are fitted by dentists. There are multiple brands of these devices on the market. Some are more effective than others. The fitting dentist does not usually promote these devices to totally prevent sleep apnea but do promote improvement in apnea and snoring and oxygen levels. A common side effect of these devices is putting a strain on the temporomandibular joint.

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 1/15/2013

There are mouth pieces that have been found effective to help with snoring. However, to our knowledge there is not yet an effective mouth piece for sleep apnea. Please call at if you have additional questions.

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 1/15/2013

There are many oral appliances to help in treating sleep apnea. It is recommended that you see a Board Certified Sleep Physician or Board Certified Sleep Dentist to help in your therapy options.

Joseph Lee, DDS, FICOI
Answered on: 1/15/2013

We have FDA approved oral appliances that are used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If the tongue is the structure that is blocking the airway, we can gently and comfortably position the lower jaw in a position that helps to get the tongue forward and away from the airway to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

Courtney Whitney, DO
Answered on: 1/15/2013

Yes-there are oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea. They move the lower jaw forward and can open the throat to facilitate breathing. This is an option for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. It works in 30-70% of cases, but can be associated with teeth or jaw pain and should be monitored by a dentist.