Dental Sleep Medicine.

In 2017, the American Medical Association House of Delegates approved an American Dental Association policy statement. That statement addressed dentistry’s role in sleep-related breathing disorders.

What the policy statement said is that dentists are the only health care providers with the knowledge and expertise to provide oral appliance therapy. This means that dentists are key to providing treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, especially when patients are non-compliant to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

About 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. To make matters worse, 80% of cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea go undiagnosed. This is where dental sleep medicine specialists come into the picture.

A dentist is often the first professional to notice a problem. This is often because a dentist is in contact with their patients more often than most physicians.

Million Americans suffer from Sleep Apnea
of cases of moderate to severe OSA go undiagnosed
Million Americans suffer from TMD
of cases are found in women

Orofacial Pain/TMD.

When patients are experiencing facial pain, it is often due to a condition involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It is a muscle disorder called temporomandibular disorder (TMD). These disorders can cause recurrent or chronic pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint, which leads to further harm in the associated muscles and supporting tissues.

TMD is the second most commonly occurring musculoskeletal condition. It often results in pain and disability. This affects about 5 to 12% of the population. To make matters worse, it can cost about $4 billion annually. Unfortunately, though, only about 50% to two-thirds of those with TMD will actually seek treatment. Among those, about 15% will develop chronic TMD.

As dentists, we are committed to providing our patients with relief from their conditions. However, it is vital that dentists advance their education to learn more about craniofacial pain and TMD in order to provide proper care.

To be successful in setting up your orofacial pain and TMD practice, it is important to have thorough knowledge of these conditions. It is important, as dentists, to understand how to create highly successful and profitable practices, and we want to help.

Together we can allow you to successfully advance your dental practice to include Dental Sleep Medicine, Orofacial Pain, and TMD diagnosis and treatment options. Advancing your knowledge will allow you to successfully care for your patients and their overall health and well-being.

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Take the first step towards becoming an expert in Orofacial Pain, TMD, and Dental Sleep Medicine today!