Physician Awareness for Oral Appliance Therapy
If you are already an apnea patient, there is a good chance that oral appliance therapy was never even mentioned after your diagnosis.
Unfortunately, most physicians who are not certified through the Academy of Sleep Medicine are not aware of any treatment options other than CPAP or surgery for OSA.
Oral appliance therapy has existed for over 25 years and is very well researched. Most importantly, as of 2006, new guidelines have been established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Standards of Practice Committee making oral appliance therapy the first line of treatment to be considered for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, who either prefer it to CPAP or unable to successfully use CPAP.
One of Dr. Schapansky’s personal goals is to gain awareness in the medical community of this treatment option. If you would like us to send information regarding OAT to your medical provider, please e-mail us his or her name and address so that we can send them an informational packet.