What is the treatment goal for oral appliance (OA) therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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The ideal treatment goal for OA therapy, as with CPAP treatment, is an AHI of less than 5 and snoring resolution. The OA literature has generally regarded an AHI less than 10 as a treatment success. However, an AHI of greater than 5 is associated with adverse health consequences; therefore, an AHI of less than 5 without snoring should be the ideal treatment goal.


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