Thursday, November 19, 2009

How Did Your Dentist Learn to Treat Sleep Apnea?


The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) has pioneered dental sleep medicine (DSM) education. So many dentists trained to treat sleep apnea gained their knowledge through the Academy.

The Academy offers courses for dentists year-round.

There are many types of oral appliances. One device may work for one patient, but not for another patient. Success of a device depends on each patient’s individual anatomy and apnea severity. So the Academy teaches dentists which appliance will work best for different types of patients and levels of apnea.

Dentists learn how to select, fit, fabricate and adjust appliances for the best results. They learn how other sleep disorders can affect oral appliance therapy (OAT). And they learn how to address side effects.

The Academy also arranges mentorships and publishes academic journals. These are valuable resources for many dentists.

Dental schools have also started teaching their students DSM. Tufts University and the University of California, Los Angeles both offer DSM programs. They teach undergraduate and post-graduate students and practicing dentists about evaluation, assessment, and follow-up of sleep apnea treatment.

Eight dentists founded the Academy in 1991. Today, there are over 1,700 dentists trained in DSM worldwide. These dentists are listed by state in an AADSM search feature. Dentists with “Diplomate” status represent the highest level of knowledge in DSM.

You can read more about DSM education at DentistryIQ.

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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.