Table of Contents
ISRN Dentistry
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 516969, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/516969
Research Article

Cephalometric Evaluation of the Effect of Complete Dentures on Retropharyngeal Space and Its Effect on Spirometric Values in Altered Vertical Dimension

1Department of Prosthodontics, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University), Wardha 442004, Maharashtra, India
2Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University), Wardha 442004, Maharashtra, India

Received 15 April 2011; Accepted 24 May 2011

Academic Editor: M. Awad

Copyright © 2011 Prachi Gupta 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

Role of complete dentures in reducing apnea-hypoapnea index in edentulous obstructive sleep apnea patient has shown promising results in previous studies. This study was undertaken to ascertain the role of complete denture and complete denture with slight increase in vertical dimension using custom made occlussal jig, on retropharyngeal space, posterior airway space, pharyngeal depth, and spirometric readings in comparison with those in edentulous group. Significant changes were observed in both intervention groups and thus, paving the way for doing further research for the consideration of using complete denture with modifications as an oral appliance in edentulous obstructive sleep apnea patient.