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You Shouldn’t Have to Adjust

by Alexander T. Vaughan, DDS, MS, D.ABOP, and Michael S. Pagano, DDS, D.ABDSM In 2019, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine updated the published standards on the definition of an “effective oral appliance.” This paper has been foundational in setting standards for the industry, but we must remember its intent is the minimum standards, not the optimal form. Like most materials and appliances in dentistry, we have an abundance of options with their own advantages and disadvantages, but it’s …

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In Your Own Words

It is vitally important that dentists develop relationships with their physician colleagues so they can become part of the multidisciplinary team needed to adequately manage sleep disordered breathing patients. In each issue of Dental Sleep Practice, we ask prolific Dental Sleep practitioners from across the country a set of three questions. In this issue, we asked the following questions about best practices for developing and maintaining relationships with referring physicians. These are the responses “In Your Own Words.” How did …

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Book Review: The Shift

by Pat Mc Bride, PhD, CCSH The clear and present danger of the American healthcare system is that it is siloed and broken. Medical costs are skyrocketing for consumers. Physicians and Dentists practice with hands tied by mandates from the system. Quality of overall care and physician confidence has declined because of the seven minute medical appointment where one may address a “single issue” with the doctor. And, most frighteningly, mass media fans the flames of failed health with Big …

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In Your Own Words

The number of appliances FDA cleared for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea is more than double the number of pages in this issue of Dental Sleep Practice. Marketing claims abound. We want to bring you practical information about which appliances your peers are using most often, why they select them, and what advice they have for a first-time user of the respective appliances. We asked numerous Dental Sleep Practitioners across the US and Canada for their insight. These are …

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The Oventus O2Vent® Optima Nylon Appliance

The Oventus O2Vent line of oral appliances recently added the O2Vent Optima. The Optima achieved 510k market clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration late this summer. The Optima is available in Canada, the US and Australia. The Oventus focus is on this newly available entry into market.

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Book Review

by Pat Mc Bride, MA, RDA, CCSH The Clinicians Handbook for Dental Sleep Medicine by Ken Berley, DDS, JD, DABDSM, and Steve Carstensen, DDS, DABDSM As a practitioner who has been “doing” and involved in dental sleep medicine for more than twenty years I have been waiting a very long time for a publication specific to the dental sleep medicine practitioner. Read cover to cover in one cross country flight – I literally could not put it down – The …

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Airway Health as a Food Choice

by Pat Mc Bride, MA, RDA, CCSH The Circadian Code Ask most people about their circadian clock and they will tell you it has “something to do with sleep.” As dental and sleep medicine clinicians we are increasingly tasked with educating our patients on the value of healthy lifestyle, eating, and sleeping habits. The negative impact of imbalanced systems in our environment and bodies now reaches far beyond the risks of periodontal disease and tooth decay to include overall functioning …

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