Sleep disorders and oral devices.

J. R. Ivanhoe, R. Attanasio

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Many patients with upper airway sleep disorders can be successfully treated with oral appliance therapy. It is necessary for dentists to recognize these patients and refer them to a physician for further evaluation. Dentists must not become the primary care providers for these patients or attempt to treat a medical problem with an oral appliance without a proper diagnosis, which usually requires a sleep study and can only be diagnosed by a physician. Dentists must also be able to treat the patients referred by physicians and to follow accepted procedures when fabricating, inserting, titrating, and providing follow-up care for oral appliance therapy. In addition, the dental community needs to continue to heighten the awareness in their local medical community and in their patient population as to the possible contribution of oral appliance therapy to the management of snoring and some of the sleep-related breathing disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)733-758
Number of pages26
JournalDental clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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