Board of Directors advocates for AADSM policies to ADA

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Monday, October 24, 2016

The American Dental Association (ADA) is currently working to develop an official policy on Dentistry's Role in Sleep Related Breathing Disorders, which could have a significant impact on the practice of dental sleep medicine. AADSM leaders are sending letters to their regional ADA Council on Dental Practice member, urging them to align the policy with the AADSM and AASM joint Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring with Oral Appliance Therapy. The AADSM is affirming the importance of medical and dental collaboration, emphasizing that oral appliance therapy must be prescribed by a physician and provided by a qualified dentist. Although the ADA policy is not expected to be finalized until late 2017, it is important for the ADA to hear from AADSM leaders during this process. As influential organizations make decisions about dental sleep medicine protocols, we will continue to represent AADSM members and position oral appliance therapy for success.

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