Letter to the Editor 2, Iss. 7.1

Response to 'The New DDS – “Dentists Diagnosing Sleep”'

Jean-François Masse, DMD, MSc, FACD, Diplomate, ABDSM

Editor-in-Chief Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine
Universite Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Dear Dr Simmons and Shapiro,
It is with great interest that I have read your letter. I believe it follows the editorial that I wrote in October about Lancet Respiratory Medicine’s July paper.1
I do agree that the numbers indicate that we are heading towards a major public health problem if nothing is done regarding the underdiagnosis of OSA patients. I also agree that properly educated dentists could do more than what we are currently doing.
In my opinion, obstructive sleep apnea remains a medical condition, potentially associated with numerous co-morbidities, which prevents it from being taken care of exclusively by dentists. However, the idea of a co-treating physician, as you suggest, is an interesting one.
In this age of major advances in technology and artificial intelligence, the way we practice is challenged on a daily basis. As the status quo regarding the treatment of OSA patient should also always be questioned, I am hoping that the AASM and the AADSM can renew the process of treating obstructive sleep apnea. It is in the patient's best interest.



Masse, JF. Response to ‘The New DDS – “Dentists Diagnosing Sleep.”’ J Dent Sleep Med. 2020;7(1)


  1. Benjafield A V, Ayas NT, Eastwood PR, et al. Estimation of the global prevalence and burden of obstructive sleep apnoea: a literature-based analysis. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7(8):687-698. doi:10.1016/S2213-2600(19)30198-5


Submitted in final revised form January 9, 2020
Address correspondence to: Jean-François Masse, DDS, MSc, FACD, D.ABDSM, Professor, Universite Laval, 2780 Masson #200, Quebec City, QC, G1P 1J6, Canada; Tel: 418871-1447; Fax: 418-871-4983; Email: