Oral Rest Posture: A key piece of the obstructive sleep apnea puzzle

Dental professionals are missing the chance to address obstructive sleep apnea before it even begins. 

In the past few years, the subject of the airway in relation to dentistry has been increasingly discussed. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring are hot topics right now. There seems to be a call to action for all dental professionals to assess our patients for snoring and sleep apnea. Mandibular advancement devices and take-home sleep studies are definitely trending in the dental world.

The spotlight on this issue is necessary and important. But rather than focus all of our attention on the treatment modalities that dental professionals can offer for snoring and sleep apnea, what if we shifted our focus to how we can help to prevent these issues in the first place? …