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What are oral devices for treating obstructive sleep apnea?

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For some people with mild sleep apnea, dental appliances or oral "mandibular advancement" devices that keep your tongue from blocking the throat or move your lower jaw forward may help keep the airway open during sleep.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Sleep Apnea?;" “What Are Sleep Studies;” “Your Guide to Healthy Sleep;” and “Who Is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?”

UpToDate: “Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults.”

MedlinePlus: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 5, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is Sleep Apnea?;" “What Are Sleep Studies;” “Your Guide to Healthy Sleep;” and “Who Is at Risk for Sleep Apnea?”

UpToDate: “Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults.”

MedlinePlus: "Sleep Apnea."

American Sleep Apnea Association.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 5, 2019

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