A respirator mask is more effective than other oral appliances for patients with obstructive sleep apnoea, according to a new study.
Researchers in Hong Kong assigned either Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP), an oral appliance or sleep hygiene only to 101 patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea. All overweight subjects were referred to weight-loss classes.
CPAP produced the best results for relief of sleepiness and improving bodily pain, and was as good as the oral appliance at improving physical function and health-related quality of life scores. Both appliances were better than controls.
Thorax (2006) Online Publication. DOI:10,1136/thx.2006.063644