Dental Sleep Medicineis a highly specialized and multidisciplinary area of dentistry that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This challenging area is of particular interest to oral and maxillofacial (OMF) surgeons, orthodontists, oral medicine and oral pathology specialists, orofacial pain specialists and dentists specializing in dental sleep medicine. In addition, it often includes collaboration with medical specialists in the fields of ear, nose and throat, neurology, pulmonary diseases, internal medicine and psychiatry.
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Why is sleep important?
Sleep apnea can affect any one at any age, although men are more likely to develop the disorder. The risk is also greater for those:
with large tonsils, large tongue or small jaw
with a family history of sleep apnea
with a nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a number of health problems including:
high blood pressure
heart failure, irregular heartbeat and heart attack