The dentist is looked upon as a vital player in oral conditions and diseases in patient’s well-being. Many times, they are the frontline in identifying potential patients with some form of systemic disease. When adequately trained, dentists can treat those who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) using a dental sleep appliance (DSA) also known as an oral appliance. The term DSA is used because it is worn in the mouth during sleep to maintain a patent oropharyngeal airway to manage OSA and/or snoring, whereas in the field of dentistry, the term oral appliance is generic for many kinds of appliances.
Practicing dentists with some knowledge of sleep disorders are just as likely to recognize potential patients who may have a sleep disorder. Physicians are properly trained to evaluate for a sleep disorder or to obtain a sleep history; the possibility of uncovering a sleep disorder has been shown to be more likely. The same applies to a dentist and hygienist who sees patients on a regular basis. This chapter will cover how to do a dental sleep examination and documentation.
- Dental sleep medicine examination
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Dental sleep appliance
- Sleep-related breathing disorder
- Apnea-hypopnea index
- Temporomandibular joint
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Patel, M., Demerjian, G.G. (2022). Examination for Dental Sleep Medicine. In: Demerjian, G.G., Patel, M., Chiappelli, F., Barkhordarian, A. (eds) Dental Sleep Medicine. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-10646-0_8
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