Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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The Dentist's Role in Managing Sleep Disorders


A dentist's role in dealing with sleep disorders starts after a diagnosis has been made by a general practitioner or a sleep physician. Due to limits of licensure, dentists are legally unable to diagnose sleep disorders, however once a diagnosis has been made a dentist can help treat the sleep disorder.

As the field of sleep medicine has grown and advanced, so has awareness of the importance of having qualified and informed dentists who specialize in the field of sleep medicine. Today, hospital sleep labs are required to have dentist on staff in order to be certified.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine  has released a statement indicating the important role of dentists and dentistry in regards to sleep disorders and sleep medicine. The AASM recommends that physicians refer patients to dentists experienced with sleep medicine as a first line of treatment in certain cases. These include patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and chronic snoring. Dentists treat sleep apnea and other sleep disorders with oral appliances that alter the shape of the mouth and throat while sleeping. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, “Oral appliances (OAs) are indicated for use in patients with mild to moderate OSA who prefer them to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidates for, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP."

Your dentist will work in conjunction with other sleep doctors to determine the best course of treatment for your specific sleep disorder.

To learn more about the ever expanding contributions of dentists to the treatment of sleep disorders you may wish to visit the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

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