Treating Severe OSA – Versatility is Key

Treating Severe OSA – Versatility is Key

Dental Sleep Practice – Product Spotlight | Winter 2020

by Steven Olmos, DDS, DABCP, DABCDSM, DABDSM, DAIPM, FAAOP, FAACP, FICCMO, FADI, FIAO, FACD

Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is comprised of various structural and neural pathologies of the upper airway. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is among the most prevalent forms of SDB. Regardless of disease severity, OSA has a host of metabolic and cardiovascular comorbid conditions. Mild and moderate apnea is often treated with positive pressure devices including APAP, BiPAP, and CPAP. However, 46% to 83% of patients are nonadherent if compliance is defined as usage for 4 or more hours per night