Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Dental Perspective

Keywords: Dental Sleep Medicine, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sleep Apnea, American Dental Association

Abstract

PURPOSE: The present review was conducted to elaborate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and the role of dentist in its diagnoses and management.

METHODS: A comprehensive literature search was performed in the electronic databases of PubMed, ScienceDirect and Google scholar. A total of 94 relevant peer reviewed articles were retrieved and 42 were included in the present review.

RESULTS: OSA can be fairly diagnosed by dentists while the patient has come for dental check-up. But insufficient knowledge and awareness among dentists about the diagnostic and treatment protocol of this under-diagnosed condition. It has also proven to be one of the underlying cause of many like diseases like cardiovascular problems, diabetes mellitus and hypertension. To the rescue, dental sleep medicine is gaining enormous attention. In the lieu of the above context ‘American Dental Association (ADA)’ has adopted a policy that focuses on outlines various diagnostic procedures and treatment modalities that can be carried out by dentist for management of OSA.

CONCLUSION: It can be concluded since there is no sufficient evidence for the prevalence of OSA in developing countries like India, it is needed to create awareness and implement appropriate diagnostic and preventive measures for the same.

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Author Biographies

CM Marya

Professor and Head

Dept of Public Health Dentistry

Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad, Haryana

Sonam Jain

Post Graduate student

Department of Public Health Dentistry

Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad, Haryana

Ruchi Nagpal

Professor

Department of Public Health Dentistry

Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad, Haryana

 

Pratibha Taneja

Senior Lecturer

Department of Public Health Dentistry

Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research

Sakshi Kataria

Senior Lecturer

Department of Public Health Dentistry

Sudha Rustagi College of Dental Sciences and Research, Faridabad, Haryana

Vandana Marya

Dental Surgeon

Haryana Civil Medical services

 

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Published
2019-11-24
How to Cite
CM Marya, Sonam Jain, Ruchi Nagpal, Pratibha Taneja, Sakshi Kataria, & Vandana Marya. (2019). Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Dental Perspective. International Healthcare Research Journal, 3(8), 260-266. https://doi.org/10.26440/IHRJ/0308.11250