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The Evolution of Oral Appliance Therapy for Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Where Did We Come From, Where Are We, and Where Are We Going?

A new interesting article has been published in Sleep Med Clin. 2018 Dec;13(4):467-487. doi: 10.1016/j.jsmc.2018.07.001. Review and titled:

The Evolution of Oral Appliance Therapy for Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Where Did We Come From, Where Are We, and Where Are We Going?

Authors of this article are:

Demko BG.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Oral appliance therapy (OAT) for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea is accepted as the most effective noninvasive therapy second only to continuous positive airway pressure. This article explains the innovations of the previous 200 years and how they laid the groundwork for OAT today. The expansion of this treatment over the past 40 years has been explosive and evidence based. The future will be linked to changes in the medical field, continued research on appliance design, and development of personalized medicine that will appropriately identify therapy options.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as:

Jaw thrust;Oral appliance history;Phenotype;Titration;Von Esmarch

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