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Oral Appliance Therapy

Jaw dysfunction can affect all areas of your life, making chewing, speaking, and breathing more difficult.

Oral appliance therapy is a conservative treatment option that can alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorder and sleep apnea.

Dr. Jeffrey Dolgos can design a custom appliance for you at his dental practice in Orchard Park, NY. Here's how it works...

What Is an Oral Appliance?

An oral appliance looks very similar to a sports mouthguard or a set of orthodontic retainers. Like an orthodontic retainer, an oral appliance is only worn overnight while you sleep, so it won't affect your speech or self-confidence during the daytime. 

Unlike a store-bought night guard, each appliance made at our Orchard Park dental practice is custom-crafted to complement your bite, correct imbalances, and reduce the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders

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Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy


At Buffalo TMJ in Orchard Park, NY, our mission is to help you alleviate pain, open your airways, and treat dysfunction without surgery. Oral appliance therapy is a non-surgical treatment option that can be modified at any point and involves virtually no recovery time.


While other doctors may try to alleviate disorders with invasive surgery or extensive, expensive dental work, dentist Jeffrey Dolgos will always attempt to treat your TMJ disorder or sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, which is more cost-effective than other forms of therapy. 


Over the last several years, Dr. Dolgos has worked hard to create the most comfortable, effective, and durable orthotics. While store-bought oral appliances are often one-size-fits-all, our appliances are customized to your smile for maximum comfort.


Many patients are worried that they will have to wear their appliances during the day and that their speech or eating habits might be affected. This is not the case! Dr. Dolgos creates his own oral appliances, so he is able to customize each device to the patient's individual needs and personal preferences.

Contact Us Today To Learn How Oral Appliance Therapy Can Help You

Do you think you might have obstructive sleep apnea or TMJ disorder? Or are you searching for an alternative to your current CPAP or nightguard routine? Dr. Dolgos can help.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Dolgos has focused his dental practice on the treatment of jaw dysfunction and sleep disorders through conservative yet effective treatments such as oral appliance therapy. He is affiliated with several notable organizations, including the:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine 
  • Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology
  • Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry

Using his advanced training and personalized treatment philosophy, Dr. Dolgos can help you overcome your symptoms without painful or expensive procedures. To learn more about how we treat sleep apnea and TMJ disorders with conservative therapy, request an appointment at our Orchard Park, NY, office online or call us: 

(716) 675-5858

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Here's how oral appliances help with sleep apnea...

About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea inhibits your breathing during the night and interrupts your sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (also known as OSA) is the most common type of sleep apnea. OSA is caused by the overrelaxation of muscles at the back of the throat. When the throat muscles relax, your airways become constricted, causing you to stop breathing and waking you up several times throughout the night. Because obstructive sleep apnea causes interrupted sleep, it can result in low energy, daytime drowsiness, irritability, and other serious health concerns. 

How We Treat Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances

Like an orthodontic retainer, an oral appliance for sleep apnea is worn only while you sleep. It pushes the lower mandible forward, keeping the upper airways open and improving your breathing. According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, "Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea." At our Orchard Park practice, we have changed the lives of many patients by treating obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. 
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Oral Appliance Therapy vs. CPAP What's the Difference? 

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a commonly used therapy for sleep apnea that uses a face mask that pushes air into your nose and/or mouth, keeping your airways open while you sleep and reducing snoring. While CPAP is effective, it can be uncomfortable to wear, resulting in poor compliance from patients.

Are you looking for an alternative to CPAP therapy? Compared to CPAP therapy, oral appliances for OSA are more comfortable, less noisy, and easier to use. They are also smaller and more portable than a CPAP appliance, allowing you to travel with ease. 

What about TMJ?

About TMJ Disorders

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are disorders that affect the jaw joints and muscles. These disorders affect millions of Americans, causing pain, discomfort, and loss of function. Left untreated, TMJ disorder can seriously affect your dental and overall health. 

Dr. Dolgos Explains Oral Appliances

In this video, Dr. Dolgos provides detailed explanations of the different kinds of oral appliances he offers to his patients. Consulting with an expert like Dr. Dolgos can help you decide which device is right for your situation.

What to Expect during Your Oral Appliance Therapy

In-Office Exam

During your appointment at our Orchard Park office, Dr. Dolgos will evaluate your symptoms and examine your teeth, jaws, and other facial structures to check for signs of obstructive sleep apnea or TMJ disorder.

Fabricating Your Appliance

Next, we will fabricate your device in our office. For the materials in his appliances, Dr. Dolgos uses ERKODENT® materials from Glidewell with Biocryl ICE Polymers from Great Lakes Dental Technologies, mostly because these substances offer superior color, stability, reliability, and durability.

Follow-Up Visits

Our team will schedule a follow-up visit to ensure that your appliance fits well and meets your needs. Follow-up visits are an important part of managing your sleep apnea or TMJ, as they allow Dr. Dolgos to track your progress and make adjustments to your therapy as necessary.

How Much Does an Oral Appliance Cost?

At Buffalo TMJ in Orchard Park, the cost of an oral appliance ranges from $850 to $2,800. 

To help you get the treatment you need, we offer several payment options. If you have dental insurance, we will gladly file claims on your behalf. If part of your care is not covered by insurance, you can cover out-of-pocket costs with CareCredit® financing

Worried about cost? Think of the benefits...

Benefits for Patients with Sleep Apnea

Alleviate Snoring

Snoring can be embarrassing for you and annoying for your bed partner. By alleviating snoring, you and your partner can enjoy uninterrupted sleep.

Improve Your Sleep

Most patients at our Orchard Park, NY, office report sleeping better and feeling more energized during the day. 

Better Your Health

Better sleep leads to better health. Patients who treat their OSA can lower their risk of cardiovascular disease and other serious health concerns. 

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I had suffered from extreme headaches, face pain and neck pain for several years. Everyone thought it was my wisdom teeth (it was not). After going through treatment with Buffalo TMJ and receiving my jaw appliance I have had little to no pain ever since. Now I only need to wear it maybe every few months when I feel a little pain, and it goes away the next day. Has improved my life so much!!

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Benefits for Patients with TMJ Disorder

Improved Comfort

Jaw dysfunction can trigger uncomfortable symptoms and affect your quality of life. An oral appliance from our dentist can correct an imbalanced bite and alleviate painful symptoms.

Better Function

At Buffalo TMJ, we believe that proper jaw function is critical to your wellbeing. In addition to alleviating discomfort, oral appliance therapy can help you chew, speak, and breathe better.

Ongoing Support

When you undergo TMJ treatment at Buffalo TMJ, you receive free access to our TMJ Academy, which includes e-books, downloadable resources, and videos to support you during your recovery.

Dr. Dolgos

Buffalo TMJ

Jeffrey M. Dolgos, DDS, has the experience and training to treat TMJ and sleep apnea. His professional achievements include:

  • Academy of General Dentistry - Fellowship
  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain - Fellowship
  • Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry - Certified Instructor

Contact our practice online or call us at (716) 217-9580.

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I have suffered from terrible migraines related to TMJ for a long time. I finally found relief after going to Dr. Dolgos! I recently tried Botox injections for my migraines and have had amazing results! If you have TMJ I would definitely recommend making an appointment! Kathleen B.

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