Types of Oral Appliances – Fort Worth, TX
Your Options For Better Sleep
If Mitch Conditt, DDS at Fort Worth Snoring & Sleep Center has learned just one thing in his many years of helping people overcome snoring and sleep apnea, it’s that there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” treatment. That’s why he’s happy to provide a wide variety of oral appliances made by some of the world’s most trusted manufacturers. And, no matter which appliance you end up getting, you can trust that it will be personally designed by Dr. Conditt to ensure a comfortable fit as well as a peaceful night of sleep.
Why Choose Fort Worth Snoring & Sleep Center for Oral Appliances?
- Wide selection of appliances for the perfect fit
- Always custom-designed by Dr. Conditt
- Made by the world’s top manufacturers
Prosomnous appliances are some of the most popular ones available today, and that’s because they are small, durable, and easily adjustable. We offer both the CA and IA version of Prosomnous appliances, which just refers to how they can be adjusted. With a CA appliance, there is actually a thin key you can use to turn small hinges to change how it repositions the jaw. And, with an IA appliance, it comes in two different pre-molded pieces, and these are adjusted by swapping out one of the pieces in order to find the perfect fit.
MicroO2 appliances have a small set of “fins” on the bottom portion that prevents the airway from becoming obstructed during sleep. These appliances are custom-fit to each patients’ teeth using digital technology, are extremely lightweight, and have no moving parts (where breakage usually occurs on other appliances). Patients are able to drink and speak almost like normal while wearing a MicroO2 appliance as well, and the high-quality plastic can be trusted to last for many years.
The Herbst is a very small and light appliance that fits over the top and bottom rows of teeth, and the two sections are connected by two thin metal arms located at the sides. These arms can be adjusted to find the perfect position for a patient. While wearing one, a patient will retain the full range of motion of their jaw and be able to speak and drink with ease. These appliances can also be used to help address problems with the jaw joint as well, which can often be the underlying cause of chronic facial pain and/or teeth grinding.
As you can imagine, the Herbst Advanced appliance works very similarly to a regular Herbst appliance, but it is able to move the lower jaw further by comparison. This enables it to treat patients with more severe sleep apnea, and the metal arms have a simple to understand adjustment design that makes it easy for both doctors and patients to know how their appliance should be calibrated.
The Dorsal appliance is made of a high-quality plastic material that is shaped to fit snuggly and comfortably over a patient’s teeth. On the sides, it has a small set of hinges that can be turned with a tiny key to advance the lower jaw. This enables a doctor and patient to find the perfect setting that both feels good and provides adequate treatment. They leave plenty of room for the tongue in the mouth, enabling a patient to speak and drink normally while getting ready for bed.
An EMA appliance is one of the smallest sleep appliances available on the market today. Two thin plastic trays are placed over the teeth, and they are connected by a set of bands on the side. These bands can quickly be taken out and swapped for different ones in order to find the right fit for a patient. It takes seconds to adjust and can easily provide long-term relief from sleep apnea and snoring.