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What if CPAP doesn't work for my sleep apnea?

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Oral appliances fitted by a dentist or orthodontist may be an option, including:

Mandibular advancement device (MAD): The most widely used mouth device for sleep apnea, MADs look much like a mouth guard used in sports. The devices snap over the upper and lower dental arches and have metal hinges that make it possible for the lower jaw to be eased forward.

Tongue retaining device: Used less commonly than MAD, this device is a splint that holds the tongue in place to keep the airway open.

From: Mouth Devices for Sleep Apnea WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is CPAP?"

MedlinePlus: "Nasal CPAP."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Obstructive sleep apnea - Dental Devices."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Taking a Bite Out of OSA."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Breathing Easier."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Treatment Options for Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Continuous Positive Airway Pressure."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

SOURCES:

The Ohio State University Medical Center: "Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is CPAP?"

MedlinePlus: "Nasal CPAP."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Obstructive sleep apnea - Dental Devices."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Taking a Bite Out of OSA."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Breathing Easier."

American Sleep Apnea Association: "Treatment Options for Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea."

New York University Langone Medical Center: "Continuous Positive Airway Pressure."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 30, 2019

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