AASM response to article about snoring and oral appliance therapy

American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) President M. Safwan Badr, MD, was recently quoted in a Huffington Post article sharing recommendations on various snoring remedies. While Dr. Badr was happy to contribute, he was disappointed to see that the statements included in the article did not accurately reflect his opinion of or recommendations for oral appliance therapy. The article also does not reflect the overall position of the AASM or its practice parameters, which support oral appliance therapy as an effective treatment option for patients with primary snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.

Understanding that lengthy interviews may sometimes yield quotes taken out of context, and that a reporter’s interpretation of insight may not reflect true intent, the AASM requested a correction to the original article accordingly. While we’re pleased that some of the more egregious errors were removed from the article, what remains, unfortunately, does not reflect the overall recommendation of the AASM. The revised article is live and can be viewed online here: http://huff.to/1m9lOae

The AASM has enjoyed working closely with our colleagues at the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) for many years. The two organizations recently developed a policy statement on the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and currently are working together to update the practice parameters for OAT. We look forward to continued collaboration in the future.


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