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5 Reasons to Get an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jul 17, 2015 8:28:54 PM

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy has long been the gold standard option for treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea. However, CPAP may not be the best option for all patients, and there are a variety of reasons why an oral appliance for sleep apnea may be the right choice for helping you get your sleep apnea symptoms under control.

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Topics: dental

Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea: Pros and Cons of Dental Devices

Posted by Kevin Phillips on May 29, 2015 6:09:00 PM

Although continuous positive airway (CPAP) pressure therapy is the most recommended treatment for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), not all patients are able to remain compliant with this form of treatment. Some complain of claustrophobia, dry nasal passages, skin irritation from masks, difficulty tolerating pressurized air, and accidentally removing the mask while tossing at night.

For patients like these, an alternative to CPAP therapy may be recommended, and depending on the level of severity of their disorder, may benefit from a substitute treatment such as an oral dental appliance.

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Topics: therapies, dental

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