Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway during sleep. The feeling of choking is usually responsible for waking the person so they can begin breathing again. This results in poor quality of sleep.
Oral appliances are a recommended treatment for people who have not responded to lifestyle changes. Oral appliance therapy involves the use of an appliance that repositions the lower jaw and tongue. These appliances can vary in design, but they all have the same purpose: to assist in maintaining an open airway for a person while they sleep.
Will I live longer if I use this treatment?
Scientific evidence does not show that using oral appliances for the treatment of OSA prolongs life.
Will oral appliances when used to treat OSA improve my quality of life?
Quality of life can be improved. Some of the things that untreated obstructive sleep apnea can cause are:
Will oral appliances improve my symptoms?
Patients wear the oral appliance at night during sleep. The use of the device may improve symptoms, but will not result in a cure of the problem. The treatment must be continued indefinitely.
There have been reported complications.
Reported adverse events include the following:
Alternative treatments include:
The average cost for an oral appliance for the management of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea may range from $100 to $1,200 with an average cost of $826 depending on the specific oral appliance used.
The cost may or may not be covered by your health benefits plan.
The following are off-site links :
National Guideline Clearinghouse. Management of obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome in adults. A national clinical guideline. Retrieved February 13, 2013 from http://guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=3878#Section420.
MayoClinic.com. (2011, June). Obstructive sleep apnea. Retrieved February 13, 2013 from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/obstructive-sleep-apnea/DS00968.
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