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Our Approach to Orthodic Appliance Therapy

If you’re considering orthodic appliance therapy in San Francisco & the East Bay area as a treatment for sleep apnea, the journey begins with a comprehensive assessment carried out by the experienced team at San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea. Our approach is centered around tailoring the treatment to your specific needs, ensuring maximum effectiveness and comfort.

Benefits of advanced orthodic appliances for sleep apnea

Comfort and convenience

Orthodic appliances are custom-fitted devices that resemble mouthguards or retainers. They are discreet, non-invasive, and easy to wear, making them more comfortable and user-friendly than CPAP masks and machines.


Orthodic appliances are compact and lightweight, making them ideal for travel. Unlike CPAP machines, there are no cords or tubes to worry about, allowing you to maintain your sleep apnea treatment regimen wherever you go.

Improved compliance

Many patients struggle to adhere to CPAP therapy due to discomfort or claustrophobia associated with wearing the mask. Orthodic appliances typically have higher compliance rates, as patients find them more tolerable and easier to incorporate into their daily routines.

Leveraging CT Scans for Precision in Orthotic Appliance Therapy

CT scans are pivotal in optimizing orthotic appliance therapy for sleep apnea. By providing detailed images of the orofacial region, these scans assist in precisely assessing craniofacial morphology, airway dimensions, and joint integrity. This comprehensive understanding enables clinicians to customize orthotic appliances, ensuring an optimal fit and effectiveness in addressing sleep apnea symptoms. Using CT scans enhances the precision and success of orthotic appliance therapy, contributing to improved patient outcomes. 

While CT scans offer valuable insights into the anatomical aspects of sleep apnea conditions and treatment options, a comprehensive evaluation for sleep apnea often involves multiple diagnostic modalities. These may include clinical assessments, polysomnography (sleep studies), and dental evaluations. The choice of imaging modalities should be tailored to the specific clinical context, ensuring that the information gathered is aligned with the nuances of individual cases. To ensure a comprehensive understanding of sleep apnea conditions and effective intervention strategies, patient diagnosis and treatment planning benefit from a holistic approach that incorporates various diagnostic tools.

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Modern orthodic appliances: A cutting-edge solution

We utilize cutting-edge technology for orthodic appliances at San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea for sleep apnea treatment. This advanced device gently repositions the jaw and tongue to prevent airway obstruction during sleep. The appliance is custom-fabricated to ensure optimal fit and comfort, and it offers a range of benefits:

  • Tailored fit: The appliance is customized to match the unique contours of your mouth, providing a snug and comfortable fit.
  • Precision adjustment: The device can be fine-tuned to achieve the optimal jaw position, ensuring effective airway passage without compromising comfort.
  • Discreet and comfortable: The appliance is discreet and minimally invasive, allowing you to sleep comfortably without the bulkiness of a CPAP mask.

If you’re seeking an effective and convenient sleep apnea treatment, consider the benefits of orthodic appliance therapy. Our experienced team at San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea is dedicated to providing tailored solutions that enhance your sleep quality and overall health.

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Your consultation

During your initial consultation, we will conduct a thorough evaluation of your sleep apnea condition. This may involve discussing your medical history, sleep patterns, and any symptoms you may be experiencing. A physical examination of your oral structures and airway will also be performed.

In some cases, a sleep study may be recommended. This study can be conducted in a sleep center or even in the comfort of your own home using a portable monitoring device. The data collected from the sleep study provides valuable insights into your sleep patterns and helps determine the appropriate treatment approach.

A custom orthodic appliance

If orthodic appliance therapy is deemed suitable for your condition, the next step involves customizing the orthodic appliance. We’ll use advanced technology to create a precise mold of your mouth to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. The appliance will be tailored to your unique oral anatomy, allowing for optimal function and effectiveness. After the orthodic appliance is fabricated, you will be guided through the “titration” process. This process involves gradual adjustments to the appliance for the ideal jaw position that minimizes airway obstruction during sleep. Regular follow-up appointments will ensure that the appliance is achieving the desired results and is comfortable to wear. Orthodic appliance therapy requires ongoing monitoring to ensure its continued effectiveness. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to assess your progress, make any necessary adjustments, and address any concerns you may have.

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Why choose us?

At San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea, our goal is to provide you with a personalized treatment plan that addresses your sleep apnea symptoms while enhancing your overall well-being. With our expertise and dedication to patient care, we strive to make your journey to better sleep comfortable and successful. 

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