Mandibular repositioning devices (MRD) have been deployed for the management of mild, moderate and even severe cases of OSA, but there are some concerns regarding unwanted tooth movements, temporo-mandibular joint issues and facial profile changes using that approach. Biomimetic oral appliance therapy (BOAT) differs from conventional MRD therapy as it aims to correct the nasal airway through midfacial redevelopment followed by mandibular correction, which aims to improve the oropharyngeal airway in adults. In this investigation, Dr. Griffin and Singh test the hypothesis that severe OSA can be addressed without primary mandibular advancement using BOAT.
BOAT may be a useful method of managing severe cases of OSA in adults, and may represent an alternative to CPAP and MRD therapy. However, long-term follow up using a larger sample size is needed to reach more definitive conclusions on these initial findings.
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