Survey of Oral Appliance Practice Among Dentists Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients (Materials and Methods)

In: Sleep Apnea

28 Dec 2013

Survey of Oral Appliance Practice Among Dentists Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients (Materials and Methods)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 names or types of the OAs that you work with and the percentage of time you utilized each. What is the percentage of patients who receive full sleep studies prior to receiving an OA in your practice? What is the percentage of OSA patients who receive full sleep studies after receiving an OA in your practice? Do you believe overnight pulse oximetry recording is an adequate substitute for a sleep study in assessing the effectiveness of an OA in an individual OSA patient? Do you believe that taking a history or using a questionnaire is an adequate substitute for a sleep study in assessing the effectiveness of an OA in an individual OSA patient?

How many times do you adjust an OA, on average, after the initial fitting? What is the percentage of patients who are successfully treated for snoring with OAs in your practice? What is the percentage of patients who are successfully treated for OSA with OAs in your practice? What is the percentage of your patients who are treated with an OA for OSA who cannot tolerate using it on a long-term basis (>6 months)? What is the average total cost to the patient for an OA, excluding any reimbursement? Do you belong to the SDDS?

Copies of this survey were mailed to the 355 current members of the SDDS along with the April 1996 SDDS Newsletter. One hundred twenty-four surveys were returned as of June 1996. Surveys were included in the results even if not all of the 14 items were completed.

Summary statistics for the absolute value and percentage data are presented with the median, maximum, and minimum range.

Results were analyzed using the Wilcoxon signed rank test to compare paired data, and the Mann-Whitney U test for comparing independent samples. A p value <0.05 was interpreted to indicate statistical significance.


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