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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 436904, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/436904
Case Report

Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in an Edentulous Lower Jaw Patient with a Mandibular Advancement Device

1Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
2Sleep Disorders Center, Ataturk Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Received 26 June 2013; Accepted 18 November 2013; Published 5 January 2014

Academic Editors: W. El-Badrawy, A. Kasaj, A. Markopoulos, A. Milosevic, and E. F. Wright

Copyright © 2014 Filiz Keyf et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder with periodic reduction or cessation of airflow during sleep. It is associated with loud snoring, disrupted sleep, and witnessed apneas. Treatment of OSA varies from simple measures such as oral appliances and nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to surgical procedures like uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and tracheostomy. Oral appliances are a viable nonsurgical treatment alternative in patients with OSA, of which mandibular advancement devices are most common. Edentulism which contributes to the worsening of OSA reduces the number of available therapeutic strategies and is considered a contraindication to oral appliance therapy. This clinical report describes the treatment of a 63-year-old edentulous OSA patient for whom a mandibular advancement device was designed.