What are the advantages of oral appliance therapy?

Oral appliance therapy can help with sleep apnea in some patients who have been unable to tolerate CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy or are incompletely treated by CPAP and/or surgery. However, oral appliances are not considered to be the first choice for therapy in patients with sleep apnea.

An advantage of oral appliance therapy is that it is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into a patient's lifestyle. People like oral appliance therapy because it is:

  • comfortable
  • easy to wear
  • quiet
  • portable
  • convenient for travel
  • easy to care for

This content originally appeared on the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) website.

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