Do I need a custom device and why can’t I just order one off TV?
Substantial scientific evidence indicates that custom-made adjustable dental sleep devices are far more effective and comfortable than self-fitting, “boil and bite” devices that sometimes appear on television commercials. The self-fitting devices are typically much larger, which decreases their effectiveness because the device may actually obstruct your airway during sleep. Most “as seen on TV” self-fitting devices are not adjustable, which can lead to discomfort and pain. Successful dental sleep therapy is extremely dependent on precise adjustments of the dental sleep device. Without this ability to finely adjust the device, treatment success rates drop dramatically.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious and life threatening medical disorder. It is unwise to treat obstructive sleep apnea or any other serious medical problem without proper medical supervision and guidance. Failure to seek medical supervision and ‘do it yourself’ can have serious medical risks, and can lead you to believe the problem is fixed when in fact it is not. Learn more about specific types of FDA approved dental devices here.
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