What are the risks of oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
The risks of oral appliance therapy include:
- Bite changes
- Pain in the jaw, teeth, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
- Loose teeth
- A need for dental work replacement
- Excessive drooling
- Mouth dryness
What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
Oral appliance therapy:
- Can improve symptoms of OSA, including daytime sleepiness, moodiness, concentration issues and reduce or eliminate snoring.
- Offers another option for people who cannot tolerate CPAP
- Is easier to take along when traveling
- Works without electricity
- Is quiet