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The relationship between obstructive sleep apnoea and dentistry: 1. Aetiology and diagnosis.

Authors
  • Johal, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Dental update
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1998
Volume
25
Issue
9
Pages
380–383
Identifiers
PMID: 10478030
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a potentially life-threatening breathing disorder characterized by repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep, with cessation of breathing. Patients are at risk of severe cardiovascular and respiratory complications secondary to recurrent hypoxia and hypercapnia and the overall quality of life for sufferers and their families may be reduced. This article gives an overview of the aetiology (including pathophysiology), clinical signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. The role dentistry can play in contemporary management of the disorder will be discussed in a second article.

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