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Int J Prosthodont. 2013 Jul-Aug;26(4):334-9. doi: 10.11607/ijp.3284.

Efficacy of an oral appliance for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

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UNINOVE Nove de Julho University Sleep Laboratory, São Paulo, Brazil.



The aim of this study was to validate the use of a mandibular repositioner appliance (MRA) to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and primary snoring, comparing polysomnographic and Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) data obtained prior to and during MRA treatment.


Sixty-three patients who presented with different degrees of OSA severity or primary snoring were fitted to a PM positioner between 2009 and 2011. The diagnosis was established by a polysomnogram (PSG) prior to treatment and after 6 months to verify the efficacy of MRA therapy. Subjective daytime sleepiness was evaluated by ESS questionnaire prior to treatment and at the follow-up.


Patients were divided into primary snoring and OSA groups. For the primary snoring group, PSG variables did not show significant results, except for a decrease in snoring. For the OSA group, the mean apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was reduced from 23.0 ± 11 to 5.3 ± 4.0 and median ESS reduced significantly from 13.0 to 8.5. Complete response (AHI < 5) was found in 25 (40%) patients and partial response (AHI ≤ 10) in 27 (43%) patients.


The findings validate the efficacy of the adjustable PM positioner for the safe treatment of OSA.

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