Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea: compliance with oral appliance therapy

J Otolaryngol. 2004 Jun;33(3):172-6. doi: 10.2310/7070.2004.03016.


Objective: To assess the effectiveness of oral appliances in clinical practice.

Design: Survey of 110 subjects.

Setting: Hospital-based dental practice.

Methods: Questionnaire.

Main outcome measures: Compliance and control of sleepiness and snoring.

Results: Fifty-seven percent of respondents were compliant with therapy, reporting control of sleepiness and snoring.

Conclusions: More than 50% of those on oral appliance therapy reported continued use after at least 18 months.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Facial Pain / etiology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Orthodontic Appliance Design
  • Orthodontic Appliances* / adverse effects
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Sialorrhea / etiology
  • Sleep Apnea, Obstructive / therapy*
  • Sleep Stages / physiology
  • Snoring / therapy*
  • Treatment Refusal