Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep-Disordered Breathing
October 29, 2018
Discuss oral appliances as an alternative for patients with sleep apnea who are CPAP intolerant.
Review taking an accurate bite registration to ensure optimal appliance design.
Describe different appliance options for treating sleep apnea depending on the physiologic requirements.
Healthcare professionals have a responsibility to their patients with sleep-related breathing disorders because severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and related conditions are potentially dangerous.
This article describes oral appliance therapy as a treatment option, including modifications that may be needed to the devices. Accurate and detailed bite registration and determining proper sleep position are also explained.