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What is sleep apnea? Snoring is usually seen as harmless, but when it is accompanied by frequent sleep interruptions and choking or gasping sensations, snoring may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder caused by airway obstruction. Millions of Americans have OSA, and many cases are undiagnosed. Patients with sleep apnea have restless nights and find themselves lethargic throughout the day.

If you have been diagnosed with OSA, your doctor may have recommended CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy as the first line of treatment. While not a cure, CPAP is effective for all types of OSA. However, many patients are intolerant to the device and stop using it eventually.

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dental solution for snoring and sleep apnea

As an alternative to CPAP, your dentist in Central Pennsylvania offers custom snoring and sleep apnea appliances combined with lifestyle modification and other conservative treatments. The goal of snoring and sleep apnea mouthpiece is the same as CPAP: to open the airway and help you breathe normally during sleep. Instead of blowing air through the nose or throat, the appliance is fitted to your teeth to keep the tongue stationary or move the lower jaw forward.


Mandibular advancement device (MAD). Mandibular advancement devices are the most common type of sleep apnea appliance. The device moves the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open. It looks like a mouthguard that fits over the upper and lower teeth.

Tongue-retaining device (TRD). Tongue-retaining devices hold the tongue in place to keep it from sliding back and blocking the airway when you sleep. They are usually recommended for patients with lower jaw problems and those who wear dentures. A TRD looks like a splint with a compartment that keeps the tongue forward through suction.

The most effective appliances for snoring and sleep apnea solutions are custom made and fitted. We will take teeth impressions or molds to design an appliance that fits and works perfectly.

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wore the mask and the machine for years. It’s uncomfortable, it interrupts my sleep, the machine makes noise, it would keep my wife awake so I started looking into the                         

could die from that and we don’t want you to do that. We want to help you with your snoring and apnea so come see me and ask about the Moses appliance and I’ll help you with that.

I suffer from snoring and sleep apnea myself, in fact I’m a very serious sleep apnea patient. I                       

possibility of treating the snoring and the apnea with some other method. There is an appliance that I wear now and have introduced to quite a few of my patients called the Moses appliance. It’s an appliance that you wear in your mouth while you are sleeping and basically it pulls your lower jaw forward and opens your airway. Once I got the Moses appliance, obviously I was going to try it first myself because I’m not going to recommend something to you that I’m not perfectly comfortable with. It worked for me and it’s still working for me. I was a heavy snorer, loud heavy snorer and my sleep apnea is almost non-existent now. Apnea is dangerous, you