Given the comment on my earlier thread pointing out a surgical alternative to use of CPAP machinery, I’ve been doing some looking into treatment of obstructive airway syndrome (OAS). This evening, I came across another alternative, oral appliances (OAs). These are structures applied in the mouth that are supposed to provide an open airway mechanically, but without the need for a power supply, as CPAP devices require. OAs apparently don’t have as much research behind them as either CPAP or surgery, but it’s a good thing to have some acquaintance with the options before spending one’s limited time in conference with one’s physician. That way, discussion can move on to more substantive issues related to personal treatment rather than being taken up with the physician giving tutorial information about methods.
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