The Price of a Good Night’s Sleep: Insights into the US Oral Appliance Market
Oral appliances (OAs) are devices that can be used in the treatment of sleep disorders, more specifically, sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is defined as the shallow or temporary interruption of breathing that can continually wake up individuals throughout the night. One of the most common symptoms individuals may experience is snoring. Due to the lack of sleep, individuals may have a constant feeling of fatigue during the day but have no memory of not sleeping well. According the American Sleep Apnea Association, about 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but a vast majority of individuals remain undiagnosed. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to various comorbidities such as stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease. To those who obtain a proper diagnosis, there are two main non-surgical treatment options: oral appliances or positive airway pressure (PAP). OA devices are similar to retainers or athletic mouthguards in the fact that they are all products worn within the mouth. OAs provide assistance with sleep apnea in a variety of ways, but the common objective is preventing airway obstruction. PAP, the most popular and recognizable method of treatment, is a machine and face mask ... combination most commonly worn over the nose and/ or mouth. While both techniques have their benefits and drawbacks, OAs have been increasing in in popularity as an alternative treatment method as they are less invasive and expensive. Frost & Sullivan anticipates that the United States (US) OA market will double by the year 2020, with custom appliances seeing five times the revenue increase during that period.
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