Home Sleep Apnea Tests
Important Differences by State
It is the position of the AADSM that it is within the scope of practice, in states where it is not specifically prohibited, for a qualified dentist to order or administer home sleep apnea tests (HSAT).
State dental boards may not have a publicly available position about HSAT for a variety of reasons. It is common for dental practice acts to define the practice of dentistry without specifying by name the products, materials and equipment that dentists are permitted to use. Some state dental boards view the dentist's role in ordering or administering HSAT to be a matter of care standards and not a regulatory issue. Also, in some states, the dental board will issue positions only about activities that are deemed excluded from the scope of dental practice rather than specifying all of the activities that dentists may do.
It is the responsibility of each dentist to practice within their state's laws, regulations and other guidance. To help with this, the AADSM maintains a table displaying the availability in each state of a specific position concerning HSAT. This information is based on a combination of a review of publicly available regulations, policies, and minutes issued by state dental boards.
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State Positions on HSAT