I have heard that oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea is not very successful, is that true?
Do I need an overnight sleep study in order to get an oral appliance?
In order to receive an oral appliance, you will need to have an overnight sleep study. However, unlike in the past where you had to go into a sleep lab, home sleep tests are now available which allow you to do the recording in the comfort of your own home. We adhere to the guidelines and standards of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which indicate that the presence or absence of sleep apnea must be determined before treatment with oral appliance therapy is administered. The initial or baseline test not only indicates the presence or absence of sleep apnea, but will also act as a reference mechanism to determine effectiveness of treatment. In other words, if you want an oral appliance to reduce or eliminate your snoring, we still require a sleep study to be completed.