Should Mouth Taping Be Used with Oral Appliances?

A study adds some legitimacy to the viral “sleep hack” of mouth taping—in conjunction with oral appliances—for improved obstructive sleep apnea therapy. By Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN If you’re active on social media, you may have noticed that the practice of mouth taping has been touted as a “sleep hack.” Proponents claim the practice can … Read more

Smart Biosensors for Oral Appliances Are on the Horizon

Several companies are developing smart sensors for oral appliances that will measure parameters of sleep such as AHI and even brain wave activity. By Lisa Spear We know from in-lab polysomnography that oral appliance therapy works for treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea in many patients, but tracking therapy efficacy in real-time on a … Read more

Morning Repositioners Minimize Side Effects of Oral Appliances

Advances in materials and technology mean oral appliance users have every opportunity to get their original bites back. By Chaunie Brusie, RN, BSN For individuals who utilize oral appliance therapy to treat their apnea, unwanted side effects can range from annoying to severe. Fortunately, morning repositioner devices, also known as morning occlusal guides or morning … Read more

The Pursuit of Oral Appliance Response Predictors

Scientists are exploring how sleep apnea phenotyping could lead to more precise care by helping to determine in advance which patients will benefit from oral appliance therapy. By John McCormack It is undoubtedly difficult to predict which obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients will find relief from their symptoms with oral appliance therapy. In most patients, … Read more