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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and The Role of Dental Professionals



AUTHOR(S): Dr. Eung-Kwon Pae, DDS, MSc, PhD

AUDIENCE: Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants

ABSTRACT: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a complex disease believed to occur in relation to other conditions, such as obesity and modern sedentary lifestyle. In spite of decades of research, our understanding of the etiology of OSA is still limited, and no treatment modality has been discovered yet that aids in every type of case. Overall, this article reviews the most current findings on the pathophysiology of OSA, along with a summary of its clinical symptoms, as well as comparisons between adults and children diagnosed with OSA. Moreover, it also discusses one of the most recent concerns in the field—metabolic dysfunctions—as a comorbid sequelae of OSA.


  1. To understand the most recent findings on the pathophysiology of OSA.
  2. To be familiar with the signs and symptoms of OSA, along with the side effects after it has been diagnosed.
  3. To understand the differences of pathophysiology and symptoms of OSA between adults and children.
  4. To understand how diabetes is a common comorbidity of sleep apnea. 
  5. To recognize the roles of dental professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of OSA.

CATEGORY: Oral-Systemic

CE ACTIVITY: Self-Instructional


COST: $20.00

PUBLISH DATE:  October 26, 2012

EXPIRATION DATE: October 26, 2015



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CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Dr. Eung-Kwon Pae, DDS, MSc, PhD does not have a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing dental education program, nor do they have a financial interest in any commercial product(s) or service(s) they discuss in this program. The Richmond Institute for Continuing Dental Education is a division of Young Innovations, Inc. It is dedicated to ensuring that its continuing dental education programs are intended for the sole purpose of education and do not serve as an endorsement for any product(s) or service(s), including those of the sponsoring company.

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LIMITED KNOWLEDGE RISK: The information provided in this course may not be comprehensive enough for implementation into professional dental practice. It is highly recommended that additional information be attained once the course is completed to establish greater proficiency on the topic at hand.

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