Perhaps you’ve heard about dental sleep medicine, but aren’t sure what it’s all about. It’s a fast-growing field – pioneered by dentists – that uses oral appliance therapy to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In fact, more dentists are needed to meet the high demand for dental sleep medicine – making now the opportune time to start preparing to enter the field.
Our school curriculum covers a range of techniques we will use to address patient concerns throughout our careers. But, did you know that many of us are not properly taught how to address a significant medical condition that affects about 18 million people across the nation?
Sleep apnea is a chronic medical condition characterized by a cycle of airway collapse and sleep disruption. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, this condition has increased in prevalence in the last 20 years alone. In fact, approximately 26% of adults between ages 30 and 70 in the United States suffer from sleep apnea.