Oral Appliance Therapy involves the selection, fitting, and use of a specially-designed oral appliance worn during sleep that maintains an opened, unobstructed airway in the throat. Oral appliances work in the following ways:
- Repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and uvula
- Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue
- Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue
OAT is an appropriate solution for:
- Patients with primary snoring and mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) who do not respond to, or are not appropriate candidates for treatment with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep position change.
- Patients with moderate to severe OSA should have an initial trial of nasal CPAP, due to greater effectiveness than with the use of oral appliances.
- Patients with moderate to severe OSA who are intolerant of or refuse treatment with nasal CPAP. Oral appliances are also indicated for patients who refuse treatment or are not candidates for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, craniofacial operations or tracheostomy.