Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a medical syndrome that is characterized by recurrent episodes of partial or complete upper airway obstruction during sleep. The Obstructive Sleep Apnea Standards and Guidelines identifies the role and responsibility of a dentist in treating patients with OSA.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Standards and Guidelines
Standard: The dentist's role in the treatment of OSA is adjunctive, supplementary and/or collaborative to that provided by the physician. A dentist may provide OA therapy only after receiving a written request or prescription from the attending physician, perferably a physician with advanced training in sleep medicine. Because of the increased rates of morbidity and mortality associated with OSA, a physician (family physician or sleep specialist) must assess the ptoential for other medicial conditions, including OSA, before a dentist provides any treatment for primary snoring.