Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM) Conference: Research Trends Emerge

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) hosted the Academy’s 26th Annual Meeting on June 2nd through June 4th, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The gathering, attended by more 1,200 professionals including both sleep medicine professionals and dentists, honored the winners of the 2017 AADSM Research Award. Guest speakers gave a number of interesting presentations on advances in oral appliances.   Research Trend 1: Predicting Oral Appliance Therapy Outcomes The University of Sydney’s Dr. Kate Sutherland, Ph.D. presented her abstract as the Academy’s keynote speaker. Dr. Sutherland’s research focuses on obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Her goal is to help the sleep medicine community recognize the heterogeneity of the condition with an eye toward better recognizing and treating OSA in patients.   In her research, Dr. Sutherland has looked at the expressions of OSA, in particular obesity and certain features of the skull, that are risk factors for OSA. She uses imaging tools as well as clinically applicable surrogates. Her goal is to be able to identify those clinical features which will predict the individual patient’s outcome in using therapies other than continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), in particular oral appliances.   Other researchers have looked into sleep medicine’s ability to predict patient outcomes with oral appliance therapy. These researches include Maysaa Khojah, BDS, MS, who won an AADSM Clinical Research Award. Dr. Khojah’s results showed significant correlation between the patient’s facial anatomy and the patient’s outcome with regard to oral appliances.   Additional abstracts presented at the meeting looked at the correlations between oral appliance therapy outcomes and physical features that included the following:   Aerodynamics of the...

Insurance Coverage for Sleep Apnea Devices

Question: Does medical insurance cover oral devices? If so, which ones? Answer: Many insurance plans cover devices that meet certain criteria. They must be FDA approved, custom-made, and placed and monitored by a dentist. There are more than 100 FDA-approved oral care devices. Question: How can I know if my insurance covers oral devices and how much of the cost it covers? Answer: Policies vary. Call your insurance provider or ask your dentist to call. A benefit estimator will know if your plan includes coverage though he or she may not know how much it covers. Question: Does medical insurance pay for anti-snoring devices? Answer: No. Covered devices must be medically necessary, custom made, and fitted by a dentist to ensure that you receive the best care. When snoring stops, you may still have sleep apnea episodes. Your dentist and physician should cooperate to manage your sleep...

Disaster relief for Nepal earthquake victims

The April 25th earthquake in Nepal shook the world and instantly put the victims of the tragedy in the sights of numerous charitable organizations. It was a gigantic 7.8 magnitude quake that most critically hit an area around 50 miles northwest of the city of Kathmandu. One major group that wanted to help was the American Dental Association and other upstanding members of the dental industry, such as Ivoclar Vivadent and Henry Schein. The ADA foundation is working to gather donations that can help dentists provide their much needed care in the areas of Nepal affected by the quake. Henry Schein has guaranteed half a million dollars in health donations, which includes thousands of much needed bandages, millions of gloves, and around two million surgical masks. They are also donating thousands of dental hygiene products, mainly toothbrushes and toothpaste, to the area as well. Ivoclar Vivadent has given $100,000 to the Red Cross and is in continual contact with the Nepal Dental Association to provide sustained...
 
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