Oral appliance therapy for sleep-related breathing disorders

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Abstract

Oral appliances that advance the mandible in relationship to the maxilla offer a relatively simple and viable option in the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders. Oral appliances are indicated for the treatment of snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea or for those who prefer this type of therapy to positive airway pressure therapies. This article will describe the different appliance types, the proposed mechanisms of action, fabrication, and management of adverse events that may occasionally occur with oral appliance therapy.

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