Dental Appliances for Treating Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea and TMJ treatments in Ottawa, ON

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious sleep condition in which the body stops breathing repeatedly due to the positioning of your tongue or jaw. In response, your brain jolts you awake so that you can breathe. You may not even be aware of these interruptions, but they can occur anywhere between five and 30 times an hour. Sleep apnea has detrimental effects on your health and interpersonal relationships if left unchecked. Our professionals at Ottawa TMJ and Sleep Apnea Clinic are dedicated to providing viable personalized treatment plans. 

In order to protect your health and reclaim your sleep, Dr. Dahan offers customized oral appliance therapy. An oral appliance works by adjusting your tongue or jaw in order to avoid the obstruction of your throat. Many patients prefer this to the traditional Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. 

If you’re looking for effective relief from your sleep apnea symptoms, an oral appliance may be what you need to get a good night’s rest.

Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy can relieve snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Using an oral appliance has the following benefits:

  • Convenient: Oral appliances resemble a dental retainer, or mouth guard, which makes them easy to store, transport, and wear. 
  • Quiet: Unlike CPAP machines, oral appliances won’t make noises throughout the night, which means both you and your bedmate can sleep peacefully. 
  • Comfortable: While oral appliances produce a subtle shift in the tongue and jaw, our oral appliances are customized to fit perfectly. 
  • Discreet: While sleep apnea is nothing to be ashamed of, some patients prefer discretion when treating their symptoms. Oral appliances are even small enough to fit in your pocket. 

Panthera DSAD

The Panthera DSAD is a dental appliance that can be used for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. This appliance is typically prescribed to treat snoring, mild to moderate sleep apnea, and severe sleep apnea for patients who do not tolerate or comply with CPAP treatment.


Worn during sleep, Somnodent devices fit over your upper and lower teeth. The device slightly moves the lower jaw forward, helping to keep the airway open and allowing you to breathe normally.

Thornton Adjustable Positioner®

The Thornton Adjustable Positioner® (TAP) is an oral appliance that resembles an athletic mouth guard and is worn while sleeping. Developed with advanced technology, the TAP reduces sleep apnea and associated health risks without the need for surgery, medications, or other more cumbersome therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does oral appliance therapy work?
Can sleep apnea go away on its own?
Does oral appliance therapy work?

Oral appliance therapy is an effective way to treat snoring and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). With OSA, the tongue or jaw prevents proper breathing. An oral appliance can prevent the obstruction from occurring. 

If you suffer from central sleep apnea (CSA), in which sleep apnea symptoms occur due to a neurological misfiring in the brain, oral appliance therapy may not be as effective. 

Those suffering from mixed sleep apnea (MSA) may or may not respond well to oral appliance therapy. Patients with this type of sleep apnea may exhibit symptoms of both OSA and CSA.

Undergoing a sleep study will help Dr. Dahan to identify your sleep apnea type, which will allow him to customize a treatment plan specifically for you.

Can sleep apnea go away on its own?

Unfortunately, sleep apnea is typically a chronic condition that can only be managed, not cured. In addition to CPAP or oral appliance therapy, Dr. Dahan may recommend lifestyle changes to help improve symptoms.

Treat Your Sleep Apnea with Dr. Dahan

Our team at Ottawa TMJ & Sleep Apnea Clinic can help you get the good night’s rest you’ve been waiting for. Reach out to us to learn more about the services we offer and how Dr. Dahan can help you alleviate your snoring and obstructive sleep apnea symptoms.

To learn about our treatment options, contact our Ottawa office at (613) 454-1854 or fill out our convenient contact form. Dr. Dahan will answer any questions or concerns you may have and help you find the best solution for your unique condition.