NYC Snoring Mouthpiece / Oral Appliance
What is a snoring mouthpiece?
A snoring mouthpiece (also known as an oral appliance) is a medical device that is placed in your mouth to prevent your tongue and the soft tissues in the back of your throat from collapsing when you sleep. Oral devices may be used to treat snoring as well as mild to moderate sleep apnea cases. They may also be used in combination with other sleep apnea treatments.
There are many different types of snoring mouthpieces available, but the two most common types are tongue-retaining appliances, which reposition the tongue, and mandibular advancement devices, which reposition the lower jaw and tongue.
Before a snoring mouthpiece is prescribed, a board-certified ear, nose, and throat doctor may recommend an overnight sleep study to determine the severity of your snoring and sleep apnea problem as well as to provide a baseline measure of treatment effectiveness. Then, depending on your symptoms, your doctor will prescribe a snoring mouthpiece or another sleep apnea treatment option that is best suited for your unique needs.
If you believe that you may require a snoring mouthpiece, visit our NYC ear nose and throat practice for a consultation. Dr. David Volpi is a board-certified otolaryngologist with over 25 years of experience performing the latest, minimally invasive ENT procedures to treat snoring, sleep apnea, and other ENT conditions in New York City. As one of the leading snoring and obstructive sleep apnea specialists in the country and the founder of eos sleep, a nationally-recognized sleep center, Dr. Volpi is highly qualified to diagnose and treat your sleep disorders. Learn more about snoring mouthpieces below, or request an appointment online.
How does a snoring mouthpiece work?
Snoring mouthpieces are worn only while sleeping and are custom-made to fit each patient by a qualified sleep-disorders dentist. The device fits much like a retainer or sports mouth guard and positions the tongue and/or jaw so that your airway stays open at night.
A snoring mouthpiece prevents the soft tissues in your mouth and throat from collapsing and obstructing your breathing during sleep. It may also increase the muscle tone of your tongue.
After introducing a snoring mouthpiece, your doctor will use acoustic refection technology, known as pharyngometry, to monitor changes in your airway and ensure that the device is positioned correctly.
What are the advantages of a custom snoring mouthpiece?
A custom-fit snoring mouthpiece can help improve your sleep and keep you from experiencing many of the negative side-effects of mild sleep apnea. They are covered by many medical insurance plans and serve as a cost-effective option for treating snoring and other related medical conditions. Some of the additional benefits of snoring mouthpieces are:
- Easy to use
- Comfortable and custom-fitted
- Short adjustment period
- Convenient to travel with
- May be an appropriate substitute for those who are CPAP intolerant
- Higher compliance rates than CPAP treatment
- May significantly and immediately improve the symptoms of mild sleep apnea
Why should I choose a custom snoring mouthpiece?
If the CPAP treatment hasn’t worked for you, then a custom snoring mouthpiece is the next best, non-invasive treatment option. And, since the bulky machinery and mask is not required, this is an ideal treatment for frequent travelers.
It may also be a good option for you if you suffer from severe sleep apnea that requires high pressure for your CPAP therapy to be effective. Wearing an oral appliance keeps the jaw from moving backwards while you sleep. So, when used in conjunction with the CPAP, the CPAP does not have to work as hard to keep your airway open. As a result, the lower pressure can make CPAP therapy more comfortable for you.
Where can I get a snoring mouthpiece consultation in New York?
The first step in getting a snoring mouthpiece is to schedule an appointment with a board-certified otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) who specializes in conditions of snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. David O. Volpi is a Manhattan board certified otolaryngologist with over 25 years of experience. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea and is one of the leading obstructive sleep apnea specialists in the United States.
Dr. Volpi is on staff for some of New York City’s finest hospitals, such as Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He will conduct a thorough evaluation to pinpoint what is causing your snoring and customize a treatment plan that fits your needs and your lifestyle. If sleep apnea is a possibility, you may be asked to complete a sleep study, which will be conducted either in our state-of-the-art sleep center, or in the comfort of your own home.
If you snore or believe that you may have sleep apnea, contact our office by completing our secure web form.