The dentists of the SDDS may not be representative of all dentists using OAs to treat OSA. Members of the SDDS receive educational materials, monthly newsletters, and approximately 25% of the members attend an annual national conference that keeps members appraised of new developments and the evolving standard of care for the use of OAs. […]
To our knowledge, this is the first study to evaluate systematically the patterns of practice among dentists using OAs to treat OSA. It is important to evaluate these patterns of practice because dentists are being asked to provide treatment for a medical syndrome, OSA, which if treated inadequately may lead to decreased daytime wakefulness, increased […]
Three-hundred fifty-five surveys were mailed, of which 124 (35%) were returned. One hundred ten of these respondents were dentists (87%), 10 were orthodontists (9%), and 4 were maxillofacial surgeons (3%). All respondents were SDDS members. Since most respondents were dentists, all practitioners are referred to as dentists for the purpose of this study. Over the […]
A survey instrument was designed containing the following questions: What is your occupation? What is the percentage of patients in your practice over the past year that you have evaluated or treated for sleep disorders (either snoring or sleep apnea)? How many OAs have you made or dispensed over the past 12 months? List the […]
Purpose: Oral appliances (OAs) are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This study seeks to quantify the patterns of practice of OA use among dentists. Design: Survey mailed to dentists. Participants: Members of the Sleep Disorders Dental Society (SDDS). Measurements: Dentists were asked questions regarding number of patients treated, types of OA used, average […]
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