Important information about Sleep Apnea:
In October 2017, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a policy statement addressing dentistry’s role in sleep-related breathing disorders.
The policy encourages dental professionals to screen their patients for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), and other breathing disorders. The ADA advocates working in collaboration with trained medical colleagues to address these issues. With the endorsement of the ADA, screening and treating sleep-related breathing disorders has become the newest focus of integrative dental medicine.
“Other than emergency care, the first procedure performed by every dentist, for every patient, of any age should be a proper airway examination and evaluation of breathing function.”
— Dr. Tom Colquitt, President Emeritus, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry