Do You Hate Your CPAP?
Oral appliances are a recommended first line treatment option for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, according to the practice parameters formed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Standards of Practice Committee. It is also appropriate to use them to treat snoring patients who do not respond to behavioral interventions such as weight loss or sleep-position change.
[WESTCHESTER, Ill., February 1, 2006 – The Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (ADSM) supports new guidelines published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in the January 2006 issue of SLEEP regarding the use of oral appliances to treat obstructive sleep apnea and snoring]
An oral appliance is also recommended, for patient with severe obstructive sleep apnea who is unable to successfully use CPAP.
An oral appliance is similar in appearance to an orthodontic retainer or a sports mouth guard. When worn during sleep, it maintains an opened and unobstructed airway in the throat by repositioning or stabilizing the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate or uvula. There are many types of oral appliances, with some designed to only treat snoring and others for both snoring and sleep apnea therapy.