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Article: Volume 45 Number 5 Page 408 - May 2018

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  Dent Update 2018; 45: 408-412

Dental Sleep Medicine:  The Role of Dentists in Management of Snoring with Oral Appliances

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Abstract: This paper aims to highlight the importance of dentists in the management of sleep-related breathing disorders through the provision of mandibular advancement appliances (MAAs). An update on the use of MAA therapy is provided with respect to current clinical practice guidelines, their mode of action, selection and an awareness of their relative advantages and disadvantages, along with follow-up and practical aspects to their provision.

Clinical relevance: With the increasing recognition of the role of mandibular advancement appliances in the management of sleep-related breathing disorders, the importance of trained dentists in what is recognized as Dental Sleep Medicine is highlighted in this update.

Author notes: Ama Johal, BDS, PhD, FDS(Orth) RCS, Vice-President, British Society Dental Sleep Medicine and Professor of Orthodontics, Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary College and Aditi Desai, BDS, MSc, President, British Society Dental Sleep Medicine and Dental Consultant, Sleep Service, HCA at The Shard; London Bridge Hospital, 34 St Thomas Street, London SE1; 76 Harley Street, London W1G 7HH, UK.

Objective: To highlight the role of Dentistry in the management of sleep-related breathing disorders. Enhanced CPD DO C