The Oral Appliance fits over the lower and upper teeth like orthodontic retainers. The device allows you to open and close your mouth like normal. However, it places your jaw in a position that maintains an open airway by preventing the lower jaw from falling back and collapsing the airway.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine published practice parameter guidelines stating that Oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidates for, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP.
Practice Parameters for the Treatment of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliances: An Update for 2005. SLEEP, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2006
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