IP Indian Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Research

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Role of Orthodontics – A Brief Overview

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Author Details: Jiju M., Mohd. Tariq, Sandhya Maheshwari, Aditi Gaur, Yumna Qamar

Volume : 3

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2581-9364

Print ISSN : 2581-9356

Article First Page : 192

Article End Page : 197


Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition that can affect an individual’s life quality. Obstructive sleep apnea, at times can cause both physical and mental trauma to the patients. Proper treatment has to be given since it can change to a fatal medical condition if left ignored. OSA is characterized by upper airway obstruction,temporary cessation of breathing (apnea) or shallow breathing(hypopnea),associated with disturbed sleep. Snoring can be a regular symptom. A proper diagnosis and management is very much essential in such individuals to provide them a better life quality. The main aim of this article is to provide an overview of Obstructive sleep apnea- its clinical features, diagnosis and clinical management. Also, emphasis has given to explain the role of orthodontist in Obstructive sleep apnea.

Keywords: Obstructive sleep apnea, Sleep apnea, Snoring, Sleep disorder, Breathing disorders.