Sleep for Dentists
Dentists play an important role in sleep medicine by increasingly becoming the frontline screeners for patients with potential SDB, and by offering effective diagnostic & therapy options.
“Oral Appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild to moderate OSA who prefer them to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidates for, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP”. – AASM 2015 Updated Practice Guidelines for OTA
Dentists pioneered the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Oral appliances are an effective alternative treatment to positive airway pressure (PAP), and are often preferred by patients because of their ease of use, portability, and the fact that it requires no surgical intervention.
Dentists who become involved in sleep medicine are often surprised at how grateful SDB patients are after only a few nights’ of uninterrupted sleep and the subsequent restoration of adequate sleep. The ability to substantially improve the quality of a patient’s life can be a very rewarding experience for health care providers working in this interdisciplinary field.
WatchPAT +CloudPAT =A Full Sleep Apnea Solution for Dental Practices
Home Sleep Testing Made Easy
WatchPAT is an FDA-cleared home sleep testing device for the diagnosis of Sleep Apnea. Thanks to its innovative use of technology, WatchPAT can offer unparalleled performance, reliability and satisfaction – for both patients and healthcare professionals:
CloudPAT is a HIPAA-compliant web-based cloud application that allows users to streamline their workflow electronically, without having to operate or maintain an in-house solution.
CloudPAT provides instant access to comprehensive study reports from any online location, as well as the option of sending studies for interpretation by a certified sleep physician.