Sleep Apnea: FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about oral appliance treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.

Q: Does the Oral Appliance work for everyone?
A: Yes. It works over 90% of the time for over 90% of the people.

Q: How do I know it will work for me?
A: At the time of your consultation, you will be evaluated and it will be confirmed before treatment is started.

Q: Will it stop my snoring?
A: Yes, it can. Most of the time, snoring stops completely or the noise is reduced drastically.

Q: Does it hurt? Is it comfortable?
A: It is comfortable and does not hurt. It is removable and you can take it out anytime you want.

Q: Can I switch from the CPAP to the Oral Appliance right away?
A: Yes. You will be evaluated for the effectiveness with oral appliance before you decide to switch to the oral appliance.

Q: Do I need to use both the CPAP and Oral Appliance?
A: Yes, occasionally. If you have severe sleep apnea and the oral appliance alone is not effective enough, Dr. Kim may suggest using both the oral appliance and the CPAP with less pressure to CPAP.

Q: Will the Oral Appliance affect my teeth or jaw?
A: Yes. Most oral appliances affect the teeth, jaw, and TMJ. As such, it is important to find a dentist who has extended knowledge in occlusion, TMJ disorders, and oral appliances.

Q: Are there any side effect?
A: Yes. Possible short term side effects are: excessive salivation or dry mouth, pressure on the teeth or gum, difficulty swallowing, jaw stiffness in the morning, etc. However, all these side effects will be corrected within a couple of weeks.

Q: Is my sleep position limited with the Oral Appliance?
A: No. You can sleep in any position you want.

Q: How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
A: You need to have a sleep study. There are two different levels of testing: Laboratory Polysomnography (PSG) sleep testing and ambulatory home sleep testing. Refer to website "Sleep Diagnosis".

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