Dental Care for Sleep

Do women need different treatment for Sleep Apnea?

Video Transcript

No, but it’s very interesting because certainly the CPAP manufacturers have caught on to the fact that men and women are different .They have different respiratory rates in sleep, etc. Some brands actually have changed the algorithm in their CPAP machines to accommodate women’s different breathing patterns. As far as mandibular advancement splints, it’s very interesting because a study out of Sweden has shown after reviewing large numbers of patients treated with these splints, they were able to evaluate who responds or benefits most from mandibular advancement splints. Their study showed that people who are what we call supine dependent, which means they have at least twice as many events obstructive events on their back than their side, respond very well to splint therapy.

Interestingly enough, females responded better than males to mandibular advancement splints.