Introduction: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common condition with a higher prevalence in middle-aged men. Even though it is a common condition, OSA is frequently undiagnosed.
Methods: This article discusses the prevalence of OSA, common signs and symptoms, complications, screening and diagnosis, and management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea from the current literature.
Results: Daytime sleepiness has been reported to be a common symptom in patients with OSA. This has been shown to pose a risk to the patient especially when driving as it may lead to higher rate of automobile accidents. Early screening, Prompt diagnosis and appropriate management can help the patients with OSA at an early stage and prevent the advancement of OSA into advanced stages.
Conclusions: Dentists and orthodontists can contribute to the health and well-being of patients with OSA by undertaking screening of such patients and referring to the physicians for an established diagnosis. Furthermore, with the guidance and recommendation of the patient’s physician, dentists and orthodontists can play a role in the management of patients with OSA.
Published on: Sep 7, 2021 Pages: 60-64
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