Dental management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) - A Practical Manual

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Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a very common disorder, affecting a

large percentage of the population. Often undiagnosed, it increases the risk of

heart attack, stroke, arterial hypertension, diabetes and other chronic medical

conditions. Dentists with expertise in sleep medicine can easily identify signs and

symptoms of OSA, facilitate referral, and provide effective treatments in

collaboration with medical providers. This text aims to provide an overview of

relevant topics to dentists who want to include sleep medicine in their clinical

practice. The first part of the book is dedicated to the description and diagnosis of sleepdisordered breathing. The second part discusses different therapeutic options for

treating sleep-disordered breathing. The site of airway obstruction, BMI,

craniofacial anatomy, and sleep position of the patient provide crucial data,

informing the most suitable therapeutic options and the conditions under which

they can be employed. The last chapter describes cases that illustrate the clinical

approach adopted for select patients with OSAS from the first medical consultation

to follow-up. Here the authors showcase the different steps in a multidisciplinary

approach for the management of patients affected by OSAS.