The EMA Dental Appliance - CPAP Alternative in Woodland Hills
Woodland Hills Dental Practice, Dr. Dan P. Hilton
The EMA (Elastic Mandibular Advancement) Appliance for the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring is custom made in our local dental sleep medicine laboratory. Elastic straps are used on each side of the appliance to help keep the jaw and tongue from falling back into the airway during sleep. These straps are available in a variety of lengths with different levels of tension. The specific strap is custom selected based on your needs and allows for freedom of jaw movement.
Features of the appliance include:
Comfortable to wear (minimal bulk with no metal)
Helps to protect your TMJ's (jaw joints)
Assists in cases of teeth grinding (takes the place of a "nightguard" or orthodontic retainer)
Helps keep the airway open by preventing the jaw and tongue from falling back during sleep
Does not lock or hold the jaw in a set position
Can be modified if dental work is done
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM.com) now recommends oral appliances like the EMA appliance as a front line of treatment for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea, and in cases where CPAP therapy has not been tolerated. The FDA has approved the EMA appliance for the treatment of both obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
Dr. Hilton offers a variety of appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring depending on the clinical conditions being presented. The EMA appliance is one example of those appliances.
Would you Like to Treat your Sleep Apnea with the EMA Dental Appliance?
Woodland Hills dentist, Dr. Hilton, uses the EMA Dental Appliance as a CPAP alternative to treat sleep apnea and snoring. If you are interested in creating a sleep apnea treatment plan, please request a consultation or contact us for more information.