Practice Guidelines for Dental Sleep MedicineThe AADSM has developed statements and guidelines to help dentists treat patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy.
Dental Sleep Medicine Standards for Screening, Treatment, and Management of Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders in Adults Using Oral Appliance Therapy: An Update
This document was published in the October 2022 issue of the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine and provides guidance for patient examination, patient screening, education and treatment management.
Consensus Paper on Compliance with Oral Appliance Therapy
An American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) task force evaluated literature on compliance with oral appliance therapy. This paper defines compliance with oral appliance therapy and lists appropriate ways of measuring patient compliance with therapy.
Consensus Paper on Identifying the Appropriate Therapeutic Position of an Oral Appliance
An American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) task force evaluated a variety of methods for identifying the therapeutic position of an oral appliance. In this paper, the task force lays out the most clinically useful methods and provides a protocol on how to use each method.
Position on the Scope of Practice for Dentists Ordering or Administering HSATs
This paper details the AADSM position that it is within the scope of practice for a qualified dentist (a dentist who treats sleep-related breathing disorders and who continually updates their dental sleep medicine knowledge and training) to order and administer home sleep apnea tests (HSATs). Data from HSATs should be interpreted by a licensed medical provider for initial diagnosis and verification of treatment efficacy.
Definition of an Effective Oral Appliance
The definition was updated in 2019 to reflect latest evidence and clinical practice. A task force was convened to review the original 2014 report as well as current, relevant research on oral appliance therapy. Updates to the definition include clarifications on: the need for oral appliances (OAs) to be made of biocompatible material, inclusion of prefabricated components (if the device is not primarily prefabricated), use of mechanical hinges or metallic materials, devices that prevent dislodging and finally, the lifetime of the appliance.
Management of Side Effects of Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep-Disordered Breathing
Published in 2017, this document provides a set of consensus recommendations to guide dentists in the management of side effects as a consequence of OAT.
Reimbursement of Oral Appliance Therapy
OAT Should be Reimbursed After CPAP Intolerance