How effective are mandibular advancement devices (MADs) in treating obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS), based on polysomnographic measurements, upper airway changes, and symptom improvement?
Background: OSAHS is the most common respiratory disorder to be recognized as a serious public health problem. Although surgical procedures such as maxillomandibular advancement or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty are available, continuous positive airway pressure is the treatment of choice for OSAHS. Oral mandibular advancement devices (MADs) offer a noninvasive alternative.
Explore this issue:February 2016
Study design: Systematic review of 22 studies.
Setting: Medline, Scopus, and Cochrane Library databases.