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The Role of the Dentist in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dr. John Viviano
General Practitioner, Mississauga ON
Expert in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a global problem that affects 1 billion people worldwide, including 30 million in the US and 3 million in Canada. The potentially serious disorder occurs when the throat muscles intermittently relax and block the airway during sleep.

In this episode of CDA Oasis Live, Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks, talks to Dr. John Viviano, a general practitioner from Toronto and an accredited member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Viviano shares his considerable experience in treating this often-debilitating condition. He outlines the common treatment options for OSA, and highlights the important role dentists can play in screening and referring patients for further care. He also shares details on where dentists can get the necessary training to manage the condition using Oral Appliance Therapy.

We hope you find the conversation useful. We welcome your thoughts, questions and/or suggestions about this post and other topics. Leave a comment in the box below or send us your feedback by email.

Until next time!
CDA Oasis Team


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  1. Nabil Tabbara February 4, 2021

    Thank you Dr. O’Keefe for choosing OSA as the subject in this issue. I was so glad to listen to Dr. Viviano’s well chosen words and statements. Dental sleep medicine is the field that is elevating the scope of dentistry from one that changes lives to one that saves lives. As president of the Canadian Chapter of The American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, founded in 1985, sleep-disordered breathing has been of major interest to our members. Diplomate accreditation is available through The American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine, Continuing education opportunities abound and can be checked on our website: http://www.aacpcanada.org.The point that cannot be overemphasized is that oral appliance therapy has to be made by dentists well-trained in TMJ issues for very relevant reasons. This is why all our sleep programs include advanced concepts. Looking forward for more interesting topics in the future issues.


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