Oral Appliance Therapy

More than 80 different oral devices are on the market for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Most are devices that move the lower jaw forward, the remainder comprising “tongue retaining appliances.” Both methods work to lessen the likelihood of the sleeper’s tongue falling backward far enough to block the airway passage. Despite their appearance, oral appliances are not uncomfortable to use. For more complicated sleep apnea, an oral appliance and CPAP device are often used in combination.

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