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Guards and Retainers

Sleep Appliances - EMA First Step

The EMA® First Step is designed for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Our lab can make this custom fit oral appliance and have it turned around by the next day.

EMA First Step is the ideal way for your patients to get a better night's sleep.

Playsafe® Mouthguard

PlaySafe sports mouthguards provide superior fit and retention. Available in six levels of protection, the mouthguards range from one to three layers of laminated ethylvinylacetate material with a final occlusal thickness between 3 mm and 5 mm. PlaySafe mouthguards can be customized with stickers and team logos, and are available in a variety of colors.

  • Turnaround: 3 days






Comfort H/S Nightguard

Two layers make up the Comfort H/S Bite Splint: a 1 mm soft polyurethane inner layer and a 3 mm hard copolyester outer layer. The soft internal surface rests comfortably against the teeth and gums, while the hard occlusal surface provides durability and bonds with acrylic for easy modification.

  • Turnaround: 4 days



Hard Guards

Hard Acrylic Guard

Hard Acrylic Guard w/ Ball Clasps

Gelb Appliance

Farrar Appliance

  • Turnaround: 5 days


The two most popular types of retainers are Hawley retainers and Essix (Suck Down) retainers. The Hawley retainer is made of bendable wire and acrylic that is molded to fit perfectly inside the patient’s mouth. The Essix retainer is made of clear molded plastic and resembles an Invisalign aligner. Patients often prefer Essix retainers because they are less noticeable than a Hawley retainer.

We also produce surgical guides for dentists who place implants.


Featured Retainers

  • Suck Down
  • Orthodontic w/ Labial Bow Processed Acrylic
  • Essix Retainer w/ Pontic




Q: How does the EMA work?

A: The EMA Oral Appliance from Myerson increases airway space by opening the bite and gently advancing the mandible with interchangeable elastic straps. The custom made oral appliance is only available through medical and dental professionals.


Q: What is it made of?

A: The EMA is made from a proprietary thermoplastic polymer that delivers superior impact strength to acrylic at a lower cost than polycarbonate.


Q: How flexible are the straps?

EMA elastic straps come in 9 different lengths and 4 different strengths. The shorter the EMA elastic strap, the farther the mandible is advanced. 36 different straps to select from means that the most effective repositioning can occur and maximum comfort can be achieved.


Q: How is it made?

A: The EMA Oral Appliance is vacuum formed.


Q: How long does it last?

A: With proper care, the EMA custom lab-fabricated appliance will effectively treat OSA for years.


Utica Dental Laboratory is Proudly an Authorized EMA Lab


Questions? Contact us today!