To help patients and the medical community embrace oral appliance therapy as a treatment option for snoring and apnea, I’ll be sharing some typical patient outcomes.
For frequent travel needs, apnea patients will find snoring-apnea oral devices a joy, compared with CPAP devices.
This month’s case highlights
- A 52-year-old gentleman with average height and weight (5 ft 8 inches and 175 pounds)
- His wife has complained of his snoring for several years. He had no other noticeable symptoms.
- The gentleman discussed snoring with his physician who referred him for a sleep test
- Results of test concluded he has moderate overall apnea(20 events per hour) and severe when sleeping on his back (58.5 events per hour)
- The gentleman opted to try oral appliance therapy because he travels 5 days during the week to multiple cities for his job. He felt CPAP would be too cumbersome and time-consuming through airport security
- An oral device was fabricated and retesting with the oral device inserted showed successful results with overall 4.9 events per hour (normalized) and on his back mild apnea (9 events per hour)
- The gentleman’s wife reports very infrequent snoring.
- After 2 years the patient is still successfully using the same oral device.
- When he travels, he always takes his device with him because of the ease of packing it.
Disclaimer: Average successful outcome for oral appliance therapy is 60-80 %. Any information provided here is intended for educational purposes only. It should not be used in lieu of personal medical guidance.