Pilot Study of Oral Patch (mouth tape) for Mild Sleep Apnea

Pilot Study of Oral Patch (mouth tape) for Mild Sleep Apnea

30 patients with mild sleep apnea were enrolled in a study to evaluate the use of an adhesive patch (mouth tape) who were breathing through the mouth during sleep.

The Epworth Sleep Scale reduced from 8.1 to 5.2 while wearing the tape, and visual analog scale of snoring reduced from 7.5 to 2.4.

Snoring intensity reduced from 49.1 to 41.1, and median snoring index reduced from 146.7 to 40 per hour while wearing the adhesive porous patch.

Furthermore, the apnea hypopnea index reduced from 12 per hour to 7.8 per hour.

The researchers concluded that the wearing of a porous oral patch is a useful device to help patients with mild sleep apnea and habitual oral mouth breathing.

Huang, T.-W., & Young, T.-H. (2015). Novel porous oral patches for patients with mild obstructive sleep apnea and mouth breathing: A pilot study. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery: Official Journal of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 152(2), 369–373. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25450408/

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