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Can custom oral appliances help with sleep apnea?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine.

In brief: Yes

According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine.
Dr. Sal Aragona
Dr. Sal Aragona
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The appliances are most effective for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Seeing a dentist with significant experience and education in delivering these appliances can help the patient decide which appliance to use and improve the success rate.

In brief: Yes

The appliances are most effective for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Seeing a dentist with significant experience and education in delivering these appliances can help the patient decide which appliance to use and improve the success rate.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It is considered an alternative to a CPAP machine and some patients to seem to feel that it helps.
It is a costly endeavor to obtain a mouth piece.

In brief: Yes

It is considered an alternative to a CPAP machine and some patients to seem to feel that it helps.
It is a costly endeavor to obtain a mouth piece.
Dr. Craig Brown
Dr. Craig Brown
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Dr. Steven Bender
When you factor the cost of CPAP and associated disposables (hoses, masks, etc) over time, the cost of a custom oral appliance is not too much different than CPAP. With studies showing efficacy even in severe cases and higher compliance than CPAP, an oral appliance is a viable alternative to positive pressure therapies.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes but usually only if the sleep apnea is mild or moderate.

In brief: Yes

Yes but usually only if the sleep apnea is mild or moderate.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Steven Bender
A recent study by Holley et al (CHEST 2011) reported good results in even severe cases.
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