Dr. Fincher, working together with his sleep physician partners, can alleviate the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea with a custom, state-of-the-art oral appliance that holds your lower jaw forward, opening up your upper airway. These comfortable oral devices, designed in partnership with Ripple®, are simply worn like an orthodontic device. They can help you breathe normally, reducing snoring and allowing you and your partner to sleep peacefully through the night.
When prescribed and provided by a trained dental sleep medicine dentist like Dr. Fincher, custom oral appliances are more effective than over-the-counter or generic devices. These breathing disorder appliances are designed using a mold of your mouth, which ensures the device will fit comfortably and treat your specific and unique condition.
Obstructive sleep apnea is often treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. While effective, many patients find CPAP machines cumbersome. For some patients, the oral appliance therapy offered by Dr. Fincher may be able to serve as an immediate alternative to CPAP. In other cases, he can create a plan that uses an oral device in conjunction with CPAP. Over time, the patient may experience reduced dependency on CPAP and be able to rely on oral appliance therapy alone.