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Oral Appliance TherapyImmediate Temporary Oral Appliance

Apnea Guard To provide you an effective solution for your Obstructive Sleep Apnea until your custom Oral Appliance is fabricated, our office uses the Apnea Guard©.

The Apnea Guard© can be taken home the day of your first appointment as a way to immediately treat your sleep disorder. The Apnea Guard© is a unique and patented device that is used by only select offices.

The Apnea Guard© is a FDA approved custom fabricated device that can be worn for 29 days, while a more permanent device is fabricated.


Key Features:
  • • 1 mm incremental advancements across full range of protrusive settings
  • • Three vertical sizes proven to improve outcomes in men and women
  • • Accommodates full range of arch widths
  • • Systematic approach for selecting optimized advancement
Key Benefits:
  • • Inexpensive approach to determine who will respond to oral appliance therapy
  • • Provides immediate therapeutic benefit
  • • Improves outcome consistency across dental providers
  • • Scalable solution for management of post-surgical OSA complications

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of treating sleep apnea?

Treating sleep apnea has several benefits including:

  • Better quality of sleep
  • More energy
  • Lower risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Reduced risk of depression
  • Lower risk of mortality
  • Better management of diabetes
  • Lower risk of certain cancers

Treating sleep apnea immediately can mitigate long term health consequences. With an Apnea Guard, you and your sleeping partner can start experiencing the benefits of a good night’s rest.

If you think you have sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Henninger by calling (760) 940-2273. During the consultation, Dr. Henninger will review your symptoms and examine your mouth and throat to determine if you’ll benefit from an at-home sleep test.

Can I treat sleep apnea naturally?

Natural sleep apnea remedies may help with your symptoms, but are best used in conjunction with proven solutions to ensure the treatment is effective. Natural remedies include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising regularly
  • Avoiding smoking, alcohol, and sedatives
  • Positional therapy
  • Throat exercises

Dr. Henninger may recommend certain lifestyle changes in addition to using an oral appliance to decrease the risk of long term health complications associated with sleep apnea.

How can Dr. Henninger treat sleep apnea?

Dr. Henninger may recommend a customized oral appliance that opens your airway while you sleep. Prior to receiving the oral appliance, Dr. Henninger may suggest the use of an Apnea Guard, so you can start enjoying the benefits of a restful night’s sleep and reverse the long-term health complications associated with sleep apnea.

In addition to oral appliances, Dr. Henninger offers NightLase therapy which utilizes laser technology to comfortably tighten the muscles in your mouth and open your airway. In most cases, patients report immediate results after their first treatment.

What are the side effects of a CPAP machine vs. an oral appliance?

Side effects of CPAP use are usually minor and may include:

  • Feelings of claustrophobia from the face mask
  • Sore or dry mouth
  • Nasal congestion, runny nose, or nosebleeds
  • Irritation and sores over the bridge of the nose
  • Stomach bloating and discomfort
  • Discomfort in chest muscles

In addition to the trying side effects of using a CPAP machine, over 50% of patients who choose this method quit using the machine within the first three weeks. An oral device is a comfortable treatment method that’s convenient and portable. Once you’re accustomed to wearing the device, side effects are minimal.