Looking to Treat Your Snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
With an estimated 100 million Americans snoring, and one in five of the adults suffering from a more serious sleep condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, poor quality sleep is at epidemic levels here in the United States. The good news is that oral appliance therapy provides a comfortable, safe, and effective treatment solution so you and your bed partner and enjoy better sleep and better health.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Custom oral appliances are a proven and accepted treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and for patients who have trouble tolerating Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy. These adjustable appliances are individually fabricated for each patient, and therefore available only through trained sleep dentists. Many medical insurance plans provide coverage for custom oral appliances when treating OSA.
Oral appliances work in several ways:
- Advances the lower jaw (mandible) forward to open the airway
- Repositions tongue moving it upward, forward, and clear of the airway
- Stabilizes the lower jaw and tongue to prevent them from falling back
- Widens the airway to alleviate the vibration of the soft tissue in the back of the throat that causes snoring
- Prevents the narrowing and collapse of the airway during sleep
The ZQuiet Pro Plus and ZQuiet Pro Herbst devices are indicated to treat both snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea while the ZQuiet 2-Step Comfort System is intended to treat simple snoring only. The ZQuiet Pro Plus and ZQuiet Pro Herbst devices are individually made for each patient from dental impressions to provide a precise fit and can be adjusted to optimize performance.
The ZQuiet 2-Step Comfort System is an affordable treatment for snoring costing less than $100. The ZQuiet 2-Step Comfort System includes 2 non-custom mouthpieces that are designed to work right out of the case for ease of use and convenience.Order zquiet anti-snoring mouthpiece >
Custom Oral Appliances… made just for you!
The ZQuiet Pro Plus is considered to be one of the most patient-friendly appliances, and has evolved into one of the most popular therapy choices in dental sleep medicine. The two-piece construction consists of independent upper and lower components enabling the patient to open and close normally. The sturdy fins on each side of the appliance keep the lower jaw slightly forward and the airway open to permit unobstructed breathing. To maximize performance and patient comfort, the device contains embedded screws that allow for micro adjustments on an as-needed basis.
The ZQuiet Pro Herbst is a well-proven and popular choice for oral appliance therapy. The two-piece construction consists of independent upper and lower components connected on the side by telescoping arms. These adjustable arms maintain the lower jaw in a precise forward position while providing freedom of jaw movement, both opening and closing, and side-to-side. The sturdy construction makes is ideal for patients that clench and grind during sleep. The ZQuiet Pro Herbst is approved and frequently used for Medicare cases.
Getting a Custom ZQuiet Appliance
Custom sleep appliances require dental impressions and a protrusive bite registration. Dentists specializing in oral appliance therapy will be able to fit you with a ZQuiet Professional custom appliance. Click below to locate a dentist in your area.Find a Dentist
Learn More about Snoring & OSA
With up to 50% of the adult population suffering from snoring, chances are you, your bed partner, or a family member suffer from to poor quality sleep due to snoring. While snoring may be harmless and sleepiness may be due to poor habits, unfortunately these symptoms may be signs of a serious sleep condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Snoring is caused by vibration of structures in your airway (usually the soft palate or uvula) due to reduced air movement – think of the noise a flag makes when flapping in a strong breeze. Often loud, chronic snoring is a sign of or may progress into a more serious condition, Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat during sleep. This complete blockage causes airflow to stop for at least 10 seconds.
Are you at risk for OSA?
People with OSA can experience any number of these symptoms:
- Loud snoring
- Excessive sleepiness
- Are overweight
- Memory Loss
- High blood pressure
- Driving & work-related accidents
- Morning headaches
- Decreased sex drive
- Impaired concentration
- Cardiovascular disease
Dentists Role in Identifying and Treating OSA
With as few as 15% of the adult population currently diagnosed, dentists are now taking a more active role in screening and educating patients about the risks and dangers of OSA. However, since OSA is a serious medical condition it must first be diagnosed by a physician. Sleep dentists work closely with sleep physicians and sleep testing service providers in order to offer patients the option of home testing or at a sleep lab or hospital. Once a patient has been diagnosed the dentist can help determine if a custom oral appliance may be appropriate treatment. The dentist must take into account a number of factors including, severity of OSA, airway structure, oral health, and overall health history.
If it is determined the patient is a good candidate for an oral sleep appliance, dental impressions are required to fabricate and oral appliance. These are sent to a dental lab where the appliance is made. Once your custom appliance is made, it is fitted by your dentist who will provide you instructions on how to wear and care for it. After an initial evaluation and adjustment period you will need to be retested to ensure the appliance is providing optimal therapy.
Alternative to CPAP Therapy and its mask, tubes and noise.
For years CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) has been considered the “gold standard” for the treatment of OSA, however studies show after about six months approximately half of all patients discontinue use. Most CPAP users cite difficulty falling/maintaining sleep, the noise, inconvenience, bulkiness and general discomfort for not using the therapy.
In 2006 the American Academy of Sleep Medicine officially recognized oral appliance therapy as a first line treatment for mild to moderate OSA patients and for those who are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. Since then more and more physicians and medical insurance providers have recognized the value and effectiveness of custom oral sleep appliances.
Most patients prefer oral appliance therapy to other options (CPAP or surgery) because appliances are:
- Small, convenient and easy to wear
- Fit entirely inside the mouth
- Easy to travel with
- Don’t require electricity
- Quiet and don’t interrupt/disturb bed partners
- No hoses or masks
- Users can drink and talk while wearing
- Allow wearers to change sleep positions.
All while providing proven effective treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Locate a Dentist Experienced in Sleep Medicine
If you snore or are at risk or suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a dentist specializing in oral appliance therapy can help you better understand your condition and will review therapy options. Once properly diagnosed, these dentists can provide ZQuiet Professional appliances and on-going support to improve your sleep, health, and quality of life. To locate a dentist in your area complete the form above.Find a Dentist