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This study will look at whether patients with OSAHS already successfully treated with nasal CPAP could successfully use an oral appliance as a short-term treatment alternative and whether patients who could use an oral appliance as an alternative would actually avail of its use, and to assess their preference in terms of treatment modality. The combination of therapies if tolerated, will allow greater flexibility of treatment and opportunity for ongoing compliance in circumstances where CPAP cannot be used.
Each patient will undergo a detailed history and physical examination with particular attention to symptoms related to sleep disorders, cardiovascular disease, medications, motor vehicle accidents, occupation and change in symptoms. Weight, height and neck circumference will be measured and BMI calculated and compared to previous measurements recorded in the medical chart. The research question we are exploring is whether the oral appliance approach is better in terms of successful treatment, compliance with treatment, safety and quality of life when compared to the conventional CPAP therapy in OSAHS. It is a cross over design. Consecutive patients who
- meet the eligibility criteria
- agree to a trial of therapy with the oral appliance
- give informed consent will be recruited.
Inclusion criteria - stable on C-PAP for at least 3 months, and Previous diagnostic polysomnography within 2 years, and Pre-treatment AHI 10-30 ( mild-moderate sleep apnea), and Compliance > 4hrs per night, and Are willing and able to give informed consent
Exclusion Criteria - AHI >30, or Oxygen Saturation < 85% for > 10% of study time during previous diagnostic PSG, Or less than 8 teeth per jaw Or not enough teeth in good periodontal health to allow retention of the appliance, Operates heavy machinery or motor vehicle as part of job, or Clinical evidence of severe tempero-mandibular joint dysfunction, or Previous Motor Vehicle Crash assoc. with sleepiness, or Major cardiovascular morbidity, or Medically complicated or medically unstable. Thirty patients will be recruited over a period of 1 year. Prior to treatment baseline ESS and SAQLI will be recorded. Physical attributes will be recorded and if BMI and neck circumference are unchanged from pre-treatment records PSG will be deemed unnecessary at this point. Baseline RDI, and snoring index off treatment, will be recorded using portable snoresat monitoring.
All patients will visit the dental clinic for fitting and adjustment of the Klearway appliance. The appliance will be advanced under supervision of the clinic and patients will be assessed at intervals of 2-4 weeks. Titration will be assessed clinically based on patient sleepiness, snoring, comfort, and maximal jaw adjustment. Snoresat monitoring will be repeated while wearing the appliance in the optimal position to ensure adequate titration. Once titration has been completed the patient will be asked to wear the appliance exclusively for a period of at least 7 days. Full PSG will be recorded after 7 days while using the appliance. ESS will be measured at the time of PSG. Treatment efficacy at this point will determine safety to continue using the appliance. Treatment failure will be defined as an ESS >4 over baseline an AHI of >20 or > 50% of pre-treatment baseline.
Patients will be seen and reassessed and informed of sleep study results. Patients able to use the appliance safely will be asked to continue to use their OSA treatments individually and will be allowed to decide themselves which mode of therapy they will use each night. Patients will keep a daily diary recording use of treatment modality, length of time worn and also location (home, vacation etc). At the end of the study patients will be seen and diaries collected. Satisfaction levels will assessed and side effects recorded. Objective CPAP compliance will be analysed by downloading CPAP machines. Future treatment preference in terms of either treatment or a combination will be recorded.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
The Klearway™ oral appliance
UBC Sleep Disorder Program and Sleep Lab, UBC Hospital
University of British Columbia
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:43:15-0400
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