Oral Appliance Can Help With Obstructive Sleep Apnea
In the September 2009 edition of Archives of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, there was a research paper entitled "An Investigation of Upper Airway Changes Associated with Mandibular Advancement Device Using Sleep Video Fluoroscopy in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea" where use of an oral appliance was found to significantly improve obstructive sleep apnea. The oral appliance increased retropalatal and retrolingual spaces as well as decreased the length of the soft palate and the angle of mouth opening.
Increased retropalatal space and decreased length of the soft palate is similar to what is accomplished by the surgical procedure uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).
Increased retrolingual space is similar to what is accomplished by the base of tongue reduction surgery.
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