The objective of this review is to highlight recent developments in oral devices [ODs] as an alternative to continuous positive airway pressure [CPAP] for Obstructive Sleep Apnea [OSA] treatment.
OSA is a common sleep disorder characterized by recurring collapse of the upper airway during sleep, resulting in sleep fragmentation and oxygen desaturation. The role of dentistry in sleep disorders is becoming more significant, especially in co-managing patients with simple snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea [OSA] . The practicing dental professional has the opportunity to assist patients at a variety of levels, starting with the recognition of a sleep-related disorder, referring them to a physician for evaluation, and assisting in the management of sleep disorders. Almost every discipline in dentistry needs to be aware of sleep disorders and their potential impact. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine [AAOSM] has recommended [ODs] for use in patients with primary snoring and mild to moderate OSA. The category of mandibular repositioning or advancement devices [MRD/ MAD] is by far the most common type of ODs in use today. It protrudes the mandible forward, thus preventing or minimizing upper airway collapse during sleep
Nabeel Shdyfat ,Ibrahim Suleiman Al Shorman ,
Oral device therapy for obstructive sleep apnea,
Pak. Oral Dent. J. 2015;
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