Monday, October 19, 2009

Dental Sleep Medicine: The Basics Part II

In 1991, eight dentists founded the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). At that time it was called the Sleep Disorders Dental Society.

These dentists wanted to treat sleep-related breathing disorders (SBD), such as snoring and
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

More dentists became interested in treating these problems over time.

Today, the AADSM has over 1,750 members
from 31 countries. These dentists are trained to safely and effectively treat snoring and OSA.

The AADSM offers educational
courses, an Annual Meeting, and a journal to ensure that dentists know the latest information in Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM).

Many AADSM members become Diplomates of the
American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). They represent the highest level of expertise in DSM.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recently published guidelines for the treatment of Sleep Apnea. These guidelines say that OAT is indicated for mild to moderate OSA patients if they prefer it to CPAP, cannot tolerate CPAP, or are unable to use positional therapy or weight loss to control their apnea.

Oral appliances (OAs) are also recommended for severe OSA patients if they cannot tolerate CPAP.

Every OSA patient has specific needs. Dentists are trained to select which OA is right for his or her patient and adjust it for the best results.

OAT takes time. A dentist will continue to monitor a patient’s treatment and may ask the patient to go for a follow-up
Sleep Study to ensure that the OAT is working.

OAT is a safe option for OSA patients who do not tolerate CPAP. As well as for those who prefer it to CPAP.

DSM has become more popular in recent years. But OAT is not new.

In 1934, Pierre Robin reported the first use of an OA to reposition the mandible. Since then, the study and practice of DSM has boomed.

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The Official Blog of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) is intended as an information source only. Content of this blog should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment, and it is not a substitute for medical care, which should be provided by the appropriate health care professional. If you suspect you have a sleep-related breathing disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you should consult your personal physician or visit an AASM-accredited sleep disorders center. The AADSM, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, as the managing agent of the AADSM, assume no liability for the information contained on the Official Blog of the AADSM or for its use.