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Dental Sleep Medicine

Co-Chairs: James E. Metz, DDS

The goal of the Dental Sleep Medicine Interest group is to bring together dentists with an interest in sleep medicine and align them with the Assembly on Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology so that they may discuss common interests that will benefit patients worldwide. The Groups objectives are as follows:

  • To further identify research priorities and outcome studies in the area of oral appliances
  • To Collaborate with the Assembly on Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology in the development of joint statements that will benefit the sleep community, the field of Dentistry and patients worldwide. The joint statements should include:

    a) What screening devices are appropriate for use in the dental office
    b) Definition and characteristics of an oral appliance for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea
    c) Titration Procedure for mandibular advancement devices
    d) When are mandibular advancement appliances appropriate.
    e) Durability of mandibular advancement devices and report of problems to FDA
    f) Considering allergic potential, what materials are acceptable
    g) Medications and procedures that are appropriate for dentists

  • To Collaboratively create opportunities for the Dental Community at the ATS International Conference