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Oral appliances, fit by qualified dentists, are an alternative treatment for many patients who can’t use or don’t want to use PAP therapy. They come in many different designs, but for the most part, they are usually custom made. The main purpose of the dental device is to keep the airway open during sleep, thereby preventing it from collapsing and blocking the normal flow of air during breathing.
Dental devices are not meant to be a substitute for PAP therapy for most patients, and they should be treated as an appropriate backup plan.
A study published in the European Respiratory Journal found that dental appliances were effective therapy and significantly improved patients’ sleep apnea. And additional research confirmed oral appliance effectiveness, but in all studies, CPAP therapy still was determined to work the best in treatment of obstructive sleep apnea as long as the patient was compliant.