December 01, 2009

Oral Appliances to Help Correct Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

In the November 2009 issue of ENT Today (vol 4; number 11), there was an interesting article titled "Evaluation and Management of Patients After Unsuccessful Sleep Apnea Surgery."

What I found particulary informative was the picture that came with the article which I have reproduced below. It is basically a list of all the companies who make oral appliances specifically for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. How nice!

Regardless of the company, they all have the same basic feature of having both an upper and lower occlusal guard which can be adjusted in order to bring the lower jaw forward to prevent obstruction due to tongue collapse. Though our office does not offer any of these devices, some dentists and oral surgeons do. There are also OTC oral appliances one can obtain (which of course do not work as well).

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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