Dentistry’s Role in the Treatment of Sleep Disorders
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a life threatening Medical Disorder.
- Dentists are NOT Medically Qualified, nor Legally Permitted to Diagnose Sleep Disorders.
- A Diagnosis must be made by a Physician!
- Screening for Sleep Disorders in Patient Questionaires and during a Expanded Dental Exam to evaluate oral and nasal physiology.
- Provide an Oral Appliance for an OSA Patient upon receipt of a Referral from a Physician.
- Monitor Oral Appliance Therapy as part of the Treatment Team with the Physician.
- After titration and subjective sleep improvement refer patient for a follow-up sleep study to verify actual improvement.
- Monitor and Treat Potential Side Effects of Oral Appliance Therapy.
Indications Oral Appliance Therapy
- Primary Snoring after Overnight Sleep Study
- Patients with Mild-Moderate OSA who Prefer Oral Appliance Therapy to CPAP
- (3.3.3 02/2006 AASM)
- CPAP Intolerance for Mild to Severe Apnea Patients
- Surgical Contraindication