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.
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.
Position on OAT Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In response to COVID-19, the AADSM has released a position statement advocating that oral appliance therapy be prescribed as a first-line therapy for obstructive sleep apnea during the pandemic.This position paper is a pre-print that will appear in the July issue of the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine.
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.
Dental Sleep Medicine Standards for Screening, Treating and Managing Adults with Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
This document was published in the July 2018 issue of the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine and provides guidance for patient examination, patient screening, education and treatment management.
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.
Policy Statement on a Dentist's Role in Treating Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders
The AADSM firmly believes that by screening and providing oral appliance therapy, dentists, with appropriate training and in collaboration with physicians, help reduce the number of undiagnosed and untreated patients with sleep-disordered breathing, which includes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Clinical Practice Guideline for Oral Appliance Therapy
The AASM and AADSM expect this guideline to have a positive impact on professional behavior, patient outcomes, and, possibly, health care costs. This guideline reflects the state of knowledge at the time of publication and will require updates if new evidence warrants significant changes to the current recommendations.
Ramar K, Dort LC, Katz SG, Lettieri CJ, Harrod CG, Thomas SM, Chervin RD. Clinical practice guideline for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring with oral appliance therapy: an update for 2015. Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine 2015;2(3):71– 125.