Can we prevent obstructive sleep apnea?
Yes, I believe so. However, there is currently no evidence concerning the prevention of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Therefore, the studies I have conducted concerning the airway are listed below.
Effect of rapid maxillary expansion; improvement of nasal airway obstruction, improvement of a low tongue, enlargement of the pharyngeal airway, and reduction of negative pressure in the pharyngeal airway during inspiration that causes pharyngeal airway obstruction
Effect of mandibular advancement; expansion of the pharyngeal airway and improvement of pharyngeal airway ventilation
Reduction of mandibular front growth caused by nasal obstruction
These studies are helpful in identifying a prevention for OSA and a dental treatment (orthodontic treatment) for OSA.
However, the OSA was mainly of otolaryngological origin (adenoids and hyperplasia of palatine tonsils) rather than due to a dental condition. However, depending on the primary site, dental treatment may be beneficial. Therefore, I reported the primary site of obstruction in OSA. Moreover, it required orthodontic therapy.
Finally, we aim to discuss prevention strategies for OSA during the meeting.