New research highlights growth, innovation in oral appliance therapy at AADSM 22nd Annual Meeting

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Thursday, May 30, 2013

(Darien, Ill.) May 30, 2013 – More than 1,000 dentists and exhibitors from around the world gather today at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel for the 22nd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM).  During the meeting, discussions are focused on advancements in oral appliance therapy (OAT), which is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that uses a device custom-fit by a dentist to maintain an open, unobstructed airway.

“Dental sleep medicine is growing by leaps and bounds,” said B. Gail Demko, DMD, president of the AADSM.  “It’s an exciting time for dentists and sleep physicians. Every day our understanding of the benefits of oral appliance therapy is increasing and we are finding new ways to work together to help sufferers not only manage but thrive in the face of obstructive sleep apnea.”

Noteworthy Clinical Research Profiled

The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for dentists from across the globe to share ground-breaking research on dental sleep medicine. This year’s highlighted research abstracts include an innovative tooth microphone proposed for OAT compliance monitoring, a study suggesting the predictive nature of successful OAT treatment on invasive surgery options and updates on the first international OAT database – a tool that will provide unprecedented access to long-term, global data on OAT.

Specific research findings from the Annual Meeting, as well as clinical research award winners, include:

  • Recording Breath Sounds with a Novel Tooth Microphone
    Sophisticated Tooth Microphones Could Soon Monitor OAT Compliance
    Currently, there are no electronic systems attachable to oral appliances that can monitor daily patient usage and effectiveness. Research funded by a National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD) grant developed and tested a highly sensitive intra-oral audio sensor (tooth microphone). Combined with pattern-recognition software and attached to an OAT, this tooth microphone functioned as the “front-end” of a system that could monitor sleep apnea treatment through audio recording of night-time respiratory sounds. The researchers concluded that a tooth microphone system has therapeutic, diagnostic and commercial potential.
  • Oral Appliance Therapy Predictive of Successful MMA Surgery
    Oral Appliances Could Help Determine Success for Corrective Surgery
    Clinical Research Award Winner: Boris Petelle, MD
    Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) surgery is a corrective option for OSA sufferers, but its success rate varies among patients. A recent Paris-based study followed 65 consecutive patients undergoing MMA surgery and showed a positive correlation between apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) under OA therapy and post-operative AHI, leading researchers to conclude that oral appliance therapy is highly predictive of the outcome a patient can expect from MMA surgery.
  • Framework of a Multicenter Database on Oral Appliance Effectiveness
    Global Database for Unprecedented, Long-term OAT Research
    Clinical Research Award Winner: Fernanda Almeida, DDS, PhD
    Academic researchers from 14 centers in nine countries have assembled ORANGE (Oral Appliance Network on Global Effectiveness), a network focused on oral appliance therapy outcomes. The primary aim of ORANGE is to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of OAT in OSA patients in a “real world” fashion, without the common inclusion/exclusion criteria from rigorous randomized controlled trials. ORANGE will be an international multicenter patient registry with unique research opportunities in the exploration of the global effectiveness of OAT for patients with OSA. 
  • Link Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and First Onset TMD
    New Correlations between OSA and Other Jaw/Joint Disorders
    Clinical Research Excellence Award Winner: Gregory Essick, DDS, PhD
    Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a musculoskeletal disorder characterized by persistent pain in the temporomandibular joint, periauricular region and muscles of the head and neck. Evidence suggests that TMD is associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but whether OSA predicts development of TMD is unknown. Research conducted over two years by Greg Essick, AADSM Research Committee Chair, found that the rate of first-onset TMD was 77 percent higher in a sampling of individuals classified as high risk for OSA. The research ultimately suggests elevated risk for OSA could be associated with an increased rate of developing first-onset TMD.

The entire program for the 22nd AADSM Annual Meeting, which details continuing education courses, guest speakers and discussion groups conducted at the meeting, can be found at:

 Dentists interested in applying for AADSM membership should visit the AADSM website at

About The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) is the only non-profit national professional society dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. The AADSM provides educational resources for dentists and promotes the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing. Established in 1991, the AADSM has more than 2,800 member dentists worldwide. Visit or call the national office at (630) 737-9705 for more information.


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