Why does dental sleep medicine continue to be one of the fastest growing segments within dentistry? Because roughly 40% of adults snore on a regular basis and over 50 million people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is a relatively un-tapped market that dental practices can take advantage of by providing their patients treatment for sleep apnea with alternatives to the CPAP.
CPAP has traditionally been the prescribed recommended therapy. Although CPAP is 100% effective for the treatment of OSA, according to Medicare and Wall Street Journal studies, patient compliance is well below 50% within the first 6 months. Whereas oral appliance therapy patients have a 96% compliance rate. Consequently, the number of sleep dentists who are able to provide custom fabricated, FDA cleared oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring continues to grow.
The Sleep Optima dental program allows patients to maximize their medical insurance benefits to make Oral Appliance Therapy affordable. Lastly, to ensure patients are getting the full benefit of the oral appliance for sleep apnea, each patient is given a second home sleep test to determine efficacy.