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Recently, there have been much attentions toward OSA among orthodontic communities. Children with OSA can often develop distinctive facial characteristics. Adults with OSA can result in serious morbidity and mortality. Treating these patients presents unique opportunities for orthodontists to collaborate with other medical specialties to improve a patient's health and treatment outcome. However, there are many opinions and claims related this topics without proper research data. This presentation will discuss the most current scientific evidences regarding the relations between various controversial orthodontic issues and OSA.
Several treatment approaches are being used for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), including among others continuous positive airway pressure, intraoral appliances for mandibular advancement, conventional or surgically-assisted maxillary expansion, and surgical maxillomandibular advancement. This lecture summarizes existing evidence from high quality clinical trials on humans using a systematic review & network meta-analysis framework to assess the comparative effectiveness of the various treatment approaches of OSA.
Sleep apnea is a developing area of dentistry. Based on widespread discussion, the relationship between dental treatment and sleep apnea is being defined based on what is known and what is not known. The AAO formed a task force on sleep apnea and orthodontics to develop a whitepaper that can be used as guidance in the practice of orthodontics. While this effort is not yet concluded the highlights of the emerging whitepaper will be shared.