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Sleep Apnea Management for the Dentist

Course Number: 578

Other Considerations

Morning headaches can be a symptom of OSA. Morning headaches are reported in 33.6% of OSA patients compared to 8.9% in a control group, and treating the OSA resolves nearly 90% of these headaches.35

Some medications dentists prescribe may aggravate OSA. Drugs to avoid in untreated or non-adherent OSA patients include the benzodiazepines and the opioid class of medications, as both of these aggravate OSA symptoms.36 However the non-benzodiazepine hypnotics such as zolpidem or eszopiclone are able to be used in OSA.