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Original Article

Validity of mandibular advancement appliances for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea

2011, Volumen 41, Número 2
Juan Martínez-Font, Inmaculada Soler Segarra, Santiago Arias de Luxán
Alumno Máster Ortodoncia y Ortopedia Dentofacial UCH-CEU. Valencia

In recent years, respiratory disorders, especially sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (SAHS) have generated a growing interest in the medical community. Objectives. The purpose of this review is to analyze the effectiveness of mandibular advancement devices in clinical practice and to establish a protocol for managing and monitoring therapy. Method. We developed a search strategy for a variety of electronic databases and it is complemented by a manual search, using a combination of controlled vocabulary and free text terms. Conclusions. The success rate of this therapy was 52%, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) provides a protocol that defines the role of physicians and dentists for the provision of this therapy with mandibular advancement devices.  (Rev Esp Ortod. 2011;41(2):090-094)

Key words:
Obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring. Mandibular advancement device.
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