Access to qualified dentists providing Oral Appliance Therapy is inconsistent.
That’s why it is critical that more Dentists and Physicians receive high quality training in treatment of OSA, sleep disordered breathing, TMJ and related conditions. Expanding access to qualified care is one of the primary missions of the Academy. Our pioneering educational program combines dental and medical content into a comprehensive program suitable for both Dentists and Physicians who wish to understand the fundamentals of dental sleep medicine.
- Peppard PE, Young T, Barnet JH, Palta M, Hagen EW, Hla KM., Am J Epidemiol. 2013 May 1;177(9):1006-14. doi: 10.1093/aje/kws342. Epub 2013 Apr 14
- When adherence is defined as greater than 4 hours of nightly use, 46 to 83% of patients with obstructive sleep apnea have been reported to be non adherent to treatment. Weaver TE, Grunstein RR. Adherence to continuous positive airway pressure therapy: the challenge to effective treatment. Proc Am Thorac Soc 2008; 5:173.
- The objective mean use rate was 6.4 +- 1.7 h/night at 1 year follow-up in continuing users, with a regular use rate of 83%. Dieltjens M, et al. Chest. 2013 Nov;144(5):1495-1502. doi: 10.1378/Chest.13-0613.
- Comparable effectiveness of OAm and CPAP has been attributed to higher reported nightly use of OAm. Sutherland K, et al., Oral Appliance Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: An Update. J Clin Sleep Med. 2014 Feb 15; 10(2): 215–227.