Are oral appliances a substitute For nasal positive airway pressure?

Millman, R. P.; Rosenberg, C. L.
April 2002
Thorax;Apr2002, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p283
Academic Journal
The article presents views of authors on positive airway pressure (PAP) devices. According to authors, these devices have become the mainstay of treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea, but not all patients can or will use PAP on a nightly basis. Many patients find taking a bulky PAP unit on business or vacation trips a burden. Authors point out that in the April 2002 issue of the journal "Thorax," researchers D.M. Smith and J.R. Stradling have attempted to show that a simple non-adjustable oral appliance may be used in place of PAP on a short-term basis. Unfortunately, in only nine of the 50 patients, who were studied, could control sleep apnoea with the appliance.


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