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Tongue Stabilizing Device-Emergent Central Sleep Apnea: A Case Report

Waled M. Alshhrani, BDS, MS1,2; Yuuya Kohzuka, DDS, PhD3; Kentaro Okuno, DDS, PhD4; John A. Fleetham, MD5; Fernanda R. Almeida, DDS, MSc, PhD1
1Department of Oral Health Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; 2Department of Prosthetic Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 3Department of Perioperative Medicine, Division of Anesthesiology, Showa University School of Dentistry, Tokyo, Japan; 4Department of Geriatric Dentistry, Osaka Dental University, Japan; 5Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Treatment-emergent central sleep apnea is a phenomenon that has been reported after many obstructive sleep apnea treatment modalities. We present a case of demonstrating treatment-emergent central sleep apnea while using the tongue stabilizing device therapy. This case adds to the evidence that showed the effect of the supine position on the severity of central sleep apnea and shows the advantage of polysomnography follow-up after oral appliance therapy for central apnea assessment.


Alshhrani WM, Kohzuka Y, Okuno K, Fleetham JA, Almeida FR. Tongue stabilizing device-emergent central sleep apnea: a case report. J Clin Sleep Med. 2019;15(4):659–662.

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