When you laugh, the world laughs with you.
When you snore you sleep alone.
Sleep-related breathing disorder treatment outlined in new policy
October 31, 2017
Atlanta — Dentists are the only health care provider with the knowledge and expertise to provide oral appliance therapy, according to Resolution 17H-2017 passed by the ADA House of Delegates at ADA 2017 – America’s Dental Meeting.
The Council on Dental Practice developed the policy using an evidence brief researched by the Council on Scientific Affairs. Both actions were a result of a 2015 resolution calling for the development of the policy.
“The passage of the sleep-related breathing disorders policy statement is the culmination of several years of work on this issue through the combined efforts of the Council on Dental Practice and the Council on Scientific Affairs,” said Dr. Craig Ratner, chair of the ADA Council on Dental Practice. “The consensus-based process engaged all interested parties. The end result is a comprehensive policy that can help dentists on the front lines help their patients with these potentially life-threatening disorders. Proper recognition and treatment can help prolong the health and lives of our patients.”
Sleep-related breathing disorders comprise multiple diagnoses that involve difficulty breathing during sleep. The disorders, which include obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, can be potentially serious medical conditions caused by anatomical airway collapse and altered respiratory control mechanisms. Obstructive sleep apnea has been associated with metabolic, cardiovascular, respiratory, dental and other systemic diseases. In children, undiagnosed and/or untreated obstructive sleep apnea can be associated with cardiovascular problems and impaired growth, as well as learning and behavioral problems.
The policy emphasizes the dentists’ role in screening sleep-related breathing disorders as significant since dentists are often the first to identify symptoms and discuss medical and dental history with the patient……