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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Guidelines​

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

Key points

The purpose of the document is to:

  • describe the interdisciplinary teamwork between dentists and physicians that is required for oral appliance (OA) therapy for adult patients being treated for snoring and/or OSA; and
  • clarify the role and responsibilities of each professional in the management of OA therapy in patients who are being treated for snoring and/or OSA.

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.