Sunday, May 2, 2010

It's Your Responsibility!

At Snoring Isn't Sexy, we can't say this often enough but it's up to you to ensure that the dentist you choose for oral appliance therapy has had the education and training he or she needs to provide this service effectively and safely.

With the exception of the Tufts Dental School graduate program, dental sleep medicine is not taught in dental schools so all the training is acquired in continuing education courses.

Snoring Isn't Sexy provides some guidelines at its web site (http://www.snoringisntsexy.com/choosedentist-onecolumn.cfm) but in addition be sure to ask about the training that the doctor has had and be sure the appliance used has been FDA approved.It's way to easy for a dentist to "invent" an appliance and claim that s/he is the only one who has this appliance available.

Do not be mislead by a doctor who claims to treat only snoring, there is no way to determine if you just snore or have sleep apnea without a sleep test. Be sure your dentist works with qualified physicians who will examine you personally. Over the Internet health histories are not worth the kilobytes used to generate them.

Oral appliance therapy is an effective, comfortable way to solve sleep breathing problems but like any other medical treatment it is not always 100% effective and can have adverse side effects.

Dr. Barsh

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