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Case Rep Dent. 2014;2014:436904. doi: 10.1155/2014/436904. Epub 2014 Jan 5.

Management of obstructive sleep apnea in an edentulous lower jaw patient with a mandibular advancement device.

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1
Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.
2
Sleep Disorders Center, Ataturk Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.

Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder with periodic reduction or cessation of airflow during sleep. It is associated with loud snoring, disrupted sleep, and witnessed apneas. Treatment of OSA varies from simple measures such as oral appliances and nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to surgical procedures like uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and tracheostomy. Oral appliances are a viable nonsurgical treatment alternative in patients with OSA, of which mandibular advancement devices are most common. Edentulism which contributes to the worsening of OSA reduces the number of available therapeutic strategies and is considered a contraindication to oral appliance therapy. This clinical report describes the treatment of a 63-year-old edentulous OSA patient for whom a mandibular advancement device was designed.

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