What is the role of oral appliances in the treatment of sleep dysfunction in women?

Updated: Jan 31, 2019
  • Author: Gila Hertz, PhD, ABSM; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Oral appliance therapy uses a dental device to effect advancement of the mandible and tongue in order to increase airway opening. Oral appliance therapy is indicated for mild-to-moderate sleep apnea and when individuals are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. There are many types of oral appliances. Although not as effective as CPAP for the treatment for OSA, oral appliance treatment is less obtrusive and easier to tolerate than the CPAP device.


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