1. DROWZLE Support Center
  2. General Sleep Health Information
  3. Treatment Pathways - Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)

Is Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) devices my only option for treating OSA? What other options exist?

Alternative Treatments for OSA

No. There are several options for OSA treatment. OAT devices are well studied and proven for people with mild and moderate OSA.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is also a very well studied and often prescribed option for mild moderate and severe OSA. CPAP and OAT have been shown to be equally effective for mild and moderate OSA, thus either of these can be treatment options in these patients.

For severe OSA, CPAP is considered the more effective option.

Surgical options exist, but generally are only considered when CPAP and OAT have proven to be not effective for the patient.

Lifestyle changes including avoiding alcohol or sedatives at bedtime and weight loss, if overweight, are used in conjunction with the other OSA treatment pathways.