MMA surgery or TAPIII for symptomatic moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
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I have found many patients to be uncomfortable with oral appliances. Also, this device can harm the TMJ. Maxillomandibular advancement is a more predictable procedure to do in my opinion.
Many types of oral appliances to treat snoring/sleep apnea
While TAP3 is fine, there are other options available. I usually deliver a Narval or Moses appliance, but there are many others that work very well with few side effects. The key is finding something that is comfortable for you to wear so that you will USE it. Once delivered, a sleep test is required to verify that the device is working or needs adjustments.
Mild and moderate OSA cases should START with oral appliance therapy, then consider CPAP, and then surgery as a last resort.
MMA or Tap appliance for recalcitrant OSA
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