Assessing Changes in the Apnea/Hypopnea Index Resulting from Increased Vertical Dimension of Occlusion of Mandibular Repositioning Devices

Daniel Levendowski1, Djordje Popovic1, Todd Morgan2, Victoria Melzer3, Philip Westbrook1Advanced Brain Monitoring1, Scripps Memorial Hospital2, La Costa Dental3

What role does vertical dimension have in the success of an MAD?  Will a patient respond to mandibular advancement more or less than a change in vertical? This study seeks to establish some of these relationships.

“These preliminary results suggest that a VDO-10mm contributes to improved AHI and RDI values in men, whereas the same VDO setting causes increased or unchanged AHI and RDI in females.”

Full Text :http://www.watermarkmedical.com/publications/Dental/VDO-contribution-to-changes-in-AHI.pdf

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Randy Clare

Randy Clare

Randy Clare brings to The Sleep and Respiratory Scholar more than 25 years of extensive knowledge and experience in the sleep and pulmonary function field. He has held numerous management positions throughout his career and has demonstrated a unique view of the alternate care diagnostic and therapy model. He is considered by many an expert in the use of a Sleep Bruxism Monitor in a dental office. Mr. Clare's extensive sleep industry experience assists Sleepandrespiratoryscholar in providing current, relevant, data-proven information on sleep diagnostics and sleep therapies that are effective for the treatment of sleep disorders. Mr Clare is a senior brand manager for Glidewell Dental Laboratory his focus is on dental treatment for sleep disordered breathing.

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