Oral Appliances: The Simplest Way To Treat Sleep Apnea in Tucson, AZ

Continuous snoring, grunting, and gasping when sleeping, are all potential signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). According to the Sleep Foundation, OSA is a sleep disorder that affects 15% – 30% of males and 10% – 30% of females in the U.S.A. One of the most effective forms of treatment for OSA is Oral Appliance Therapy, also called OAT.

Oral Appliance Therapy utilizes a variety of oral appliances that fit like a mouthguard. These appliances help reposition your jaw and tongue to help open your airway. Depending on the results of your sleep evaluation, Dr. Pandhi may recommend OAT as part of your treatment plan.

What Are Oral Appliances?

Oral appliances, also known as sleep devices, are convenient devices that prevent your airway from collapsing while you sleep. Because dental devices are more comfortable to wear than CPAP machines, they have a higher compliance rate. As a result, oral appliances will typically yield better treatment outcomes.

Sleep specialists and orthodontists or dentists, such as Dr. Pandhi, can prescribe these appliances.

Cutting Edge Oral Appliances Available at Sleep Perfection

Upon evaluation, Dr. Pandhi will recommend a suitable dental device to address your sleep apnea. Here are the types of dental devices at Sleep Perfection, all of which are effective solutions for sleep apnea:

The Full-Breath Solution™

Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)


The Vivos System works by increasing your upper airway. The virtually painless Vivos system is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive, multidisciplinary treatment option for mild to moderate OSA. It’s also believed to be the first effective non-surgical, and potentially lasting solution for sleep apnea. 

Here are some benefits of the Vivos system:

  • Comfortable
  • Nearly visible
  • Low-risk treatment option
  • Results are noticeable within the first few days of treatment
  • After completing the Vivos protocol, many patients may no longer need further OSA treatment.

The Full-Breath Solution™

The Full-Breath Solution™ offers sleep apnea patients a breath of fresh air by effectively keeping the airway open during sleep, leading to improved breathing and reduced sleep disruptions caused by tongue blockage.

Combining the benefits of a tongue-controlling oral appliance with CPAP-assisted treatment, the Full-Breath Solution™ with Full-Breath O2 appliance from SML provides patients with a comprehensive and customized solution for sleep apnea, promoting better sleep quality and overall well-being.

Mandibular Advancement Device (Panthera Device)

A MAD, or Panthera Device, functions by temporarily moving your jaw and tongue forward to reduce throat constriction. By freeing your throat, you can prevent snoring and sleep apnea from occurring. Moving the tongue forward will also increase airway space, allowing you to breathe when sleeping. A study reveals that MADs can effectively treat OSA. MADs can also significantly reduce snoring frequency and volume and daytime sleepiness. 

These are the two forms of MAD: 

  • Custom or semi-custom: These forms of MAD will only fit a specific person’s mouth.
  • Boil-and-bite: A boil-and-bite MAD, which is available OTC, is made from soft materials, allowing it to become pliable when exposed to hot water. For a boil-and-bite MAD to fit snugly in your mouth, you need to dip it into hot water and bite it down once it’s lukewarm.

We Can Help Treat Your Snoring Problems.

People with sleep apnea are susceptible to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, and more. Thankfully, you’re no longer limited to using a CPAP machine, which can be inconvenient at times, when treating sleep apnea.

At Sleep Perfection, the oral appliances we prescribe from sleep studies are comfortable and help you achieve better sleep. Ultimately, our goal is to help you feel energized after a meaningful night of sleep.