Sleep Oral Appliance

The preferred snoring and sleep apnea treatment

How Oral Appliance Works?

A sleep oral appliance is a dental appliance that is commonly used to treat sleep-related breathing disorders, particularly obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. These devices are designed to be worn during sleep and work by repositioning the lower jaw and tongue to help maintain an open airway, preventing or reducing instances of airway blockage.  Dentists trained in dental sleep medicine know how to select, fabricate, fit and adjust these devices

It’s important to note that while sleep oral appliances can be effective for many people, their suitability depends on factors such as the severity of your sleep apnea, the anatomy of your airway, and your overall dental health.

If you suspect you have sleep apnea or are experiencing disruptive snoring, it’s essential to consult a sleep specialist or dentist who can recommend the most appropriate treatment for your specific condition.

1. Custom Fit:

A sleep oral appliance is custom-fitted by a dentist or a sleep specialist. It’s designed to fit comfortably in your mouth and is usually made from materials that are safe for oral use.

2.   Adjustable Design:

Most devices are adjustable, allowing for personalized fitting. The device is usually equipped with mechanisms that can gradually advance the lower jaw forward.

3.   Jaw Repositioning:

When you wear the appliance, it positions your lower jaw slightly forward, which in turn helps to keep the airway open. By preventing the soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing and blocking the air passage, the appliance can reduce or eliminate the pauses in breathing characteristic of sleep apnea.

4. Tongue Stabilization:

Some devices also have components that help to stabilize the tongue, preventing it from falling back and further obstructing the airway.

5.  Treatment Benefits:

Sleep oral appliances are often recommended for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea or for individuals who cannot tolerate or prefer an alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. They can significantly reduce snoring, improve sleep quality, and alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea.

6. Monitoring and Adjustments:

After receiving the appliance, you’ll likely have follow-up appointments with your dentist to ensure that it’s working effectively and comfortably. Adjustments may be made to fine-tune the fit and effectiveness of the device.

Advantages of Sleep Oral Appliance 

  • Non-Invasive Treatment
  • Improved Comfort
  • Increased Compliance
  • Portable and Travel-Friendly
  • Quiet and Discreet
  • Easy Maintenance
  • Treatment Tailored to Individual Needs
  • Potential for Immediate Results
  • Potential for Lifestyle Improvement

While oral appliance therapy offers several advantages, it’s important for individuals with sleep apnea to consult with their healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment option for their specific condition and needs.

Precision Dentistry for a perfect healthy smile

At Thakkar Dental, our modern, state-of-the-art dental office is equipped with the latest technology and amenities to ensure your visits are as pleasant as possible. We’ve invested in cutting-edge equipment to provide you with the highest quality dental services.

Our Technology

Acoustic Pharyngometer

The Acoustic Pharyngometer is a non-invasive diagnostic instrument used to measure the airway.It works by reflecting acoustic waves off of the pharyngeal airway. Precise and reproducible results are displayed in the form of an airway cross-sectional graph that shows air volume at various distances into the airway.

This allows for accurate assessment of the airway problem and helps determine if an oral appliance is the appropriate treatment

Itero Element Digital Oral Scanner

The Itero Element is a digital scanning device designed to scan prepared teeth and create digital 3D impressions that can be seamlessly transmitted to laboratories where precision fitting restorations are fabricated. This facilitates the fabrication of restorations that have markedly less distortion than conventional models. Additionally, our Element technology enables us to maintain your dental records in a cloud-based backup system from which we can retrieve these records for Invisalign treatment. We are very excited to perform this top quality technique on our patients!

Trios 3shape Wireless Oral Scanner

 3Shape TRIOS: a powder-free intraoral scanner with highly accurate 3D output and realistic colors, with ‘AI Scan’ removing unwanted soft tissue for fast impression taking. In addition, 3Shape TRIOS measures the teeth shade and records the patient’s own jaw movement to obtain the best restorative result back from lab.

CariVu Transilluminator

DEXIS™ CariVu™ is a compact, portable caries detection device that uses its patented transillumination technology to support the identification of occlusal, interproximal and recurrent carious lesions and cracks.

  • Allows the clinician to see through the tooth, exposing its structure and the actual structure of any carious lesions
  • CariVu images read like familiar X-ray images
  • Uses non-ionizing radiation which is ideal for children, pregnant women and patients who are X-ray averse

DEXIS™ DEXcam 4 HD Intraoral Scanner

The DEXIS™ DEXcam™ 4 HD creates immediate visual impact with high-definition images. Used for diagnosis, education, and collaboration, the images from the DEXcam 4 HD intraoral camera are clear and highly detailed. The camera itself is easy to use, reliable, and portable.


Dexis Platinum Sensor Digital X-Ray System

Dexis Platinum Sensor maximizes both patient comfort and ease of use. DEXIS has enhanced its sensor housing design by refining the curvatures, redesigning the cable exit, upgrading the materials, and giving it a slimmer profile.

Nexhealth Patient Engagement Platform

Thakkar Dental is heavily investing to make your experience before, during, and after your visit pain free as possible.  That includes seamless communication and making it easier for you to schedule appointments, complete vital forms, and dental education resources.

AvaDent Digital Dentures

AvaDent changes dentures forever. With AvaDent Digital Dentures, Dr. Thakkar can cut down your time in the dentist chair by half! The AvaDent system takes digital impressions and creates your virtual denture right on the computer. Once the design is perfect, it is precision milled for extreme accuracy and fit. Should you ever lose or damage your denture, we can produce an exact duplicate using the digital files we have stored in the system.

In addition to its exceptional fit and esthetics, the AvaDent denture is more bio-hygienic. A patented process reduces the buildup of bacteria and prevenst the sore spots and “denture breath” these bacteria cause.