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Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic condition that has serious health consequences including increased risk of hypertension, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and reduced life expectancy. This study proposes to use behavioral reinforcement and support to increase adherence to oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. The control group in the study will receive routine care. In addition, their oral appliance wear time will be monitored using a sensor built into the appliance. Routine care includes an initial 1-hr consult, then delivery of the oral appliance (with sensor) and follow-up appointments at 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year. The second, experimental group will receive adherence promotion techniques in addition to routine care. These adherence promotion techniques can be categorized into 6 methods. 1- spouse/partner included in a patient counseling session. 2- Educational brochure delivery at follow up appointments. 3- Electronic reminder/communication system established by patient and provider. 4-Follow up communication between primary care physician and orthodontist. 5-Celebratory certificate for good adherence with the oral appliance evaluated at 3 month, and 6 month visits. 6-Gift card delivery, $25, when patient schedules a follow up with sleep physician. Patients will be followed for within the research protocol for 6 months. There are no additional risks involved with the research and the anticipated benefit is to develop methods to increase adherence to treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. This will benefit many patients with obstructive sleep apnea who use oral appliances to control the condition.


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NCT number NCT05038215
Study type Interventional
Source Ohio State University
Contact Allen Firestone, DDS, MS
Phone 614-292-3874
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date December 5, 2017
Completion date December 2024

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