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OSA Appliance Basic Design 101

OSA Appliance Basic Design 101 By Moses, Tessier, and Pacini There is a complex interrelationship between head posture, breathing, speech, swallowing, and the position of the teeth in the mouth. Teeth and the dental alveoli lie in a position of balance between the cheeks, lips, and tongue. Ideally, there is nasal breathing; the tongue is

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A Recipe for Success: Have the Right Conversation

As Seen in Dental Sleep Practice Magazine by Michael Cowen Are there really that many sleep patients who need your help and where are they? I’ll give you a hint. Yes, they are on your schedule, in your chair, and in your waiting room right now. They were on yesterday’s schedule, too. You did hygiene checks on some

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Stop Shelving Sleep – Here’s How It Improves Your Practice

A sleep researcher tweets at 2am. Clinicians and coaches re-share at all hours of the night. A dentist gets scanned for an oral appliance after years of encouragement from the spouse. An RDH discusses sleep hygiene with all patients, but has been putting off her own appointment for CBT-I. An Oral Appliance manufacturer rep admits

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Prosomnus® EVO™, A New Paradigm in Device Design; Engaging ALL the Stakeholders

By Dr. Mark T. Murphy Traditionally, oral appliances for treating OSA have utilized existing materials and manufacturing standards. This has required repurposed orthodontic parts and pieces (Herbst arms, hooks, jackscrews, straps, etc.) being assembled by hand and attached to cold cured poly methyl methacrylate platforms. Occasionally modifications appear that make them easier to deliver (ball

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Coffee is for Closers: Get Out of Your Own Way

Coffee is for Closers: Get Out of Your Own Way As Seen In Dental Sleep Practice Magazine by Michael Cowen “I don’t understand. You’re telling me your treatment plan conversion rate dropped from 70% to 16%?” Perplexed, I exclaimed, “This makes no sense, Todd!” My friend, “Todd”, owns a successful general dentistry practice in the

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The SomnoDent Avant – Mandibular Advancement Device Review

By: Dr. Greg Manning, DDS, ASBAD One of the newest offerings by SomnoMed is called the SomnoMed Avant; this device is of the latest digital workflow, milled, and one of the most easily delivered appliances for treating sleep apnea. Having been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea myself over eight years ago, I have used many

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TAP and myTAP – Precisely Designed Therapy Choices

By: Steve Carstensen, DDS It’s time to pick a movie for tonight. Scrolling Netflix provides hundreds of choices, many sound good, and your partner gives you no help. How do you settle on one? There are more than 120 oral appliances FDA cleared to treat sleep-related breathing disorders, SRBD. Your patient is waiting for you

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The #1 Struggle in a Dental Sleep Practice Isn’t What You Think

By Michael Cowen Written originally for Dental Sleep Practice Magazine How would you answer the question – “What is the #1 Struggle in a Dental Sleep Practice?” Would you cite the challenge of getting your whole team on the same page? Maybe you would quote the astonishing number of times patients say “no” when their

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10 Reasons Why a Dental Team Should Be Treating Sleep Apnea

By Chad Wooters Why should a dentist be involved in identifying or treating someone with obstructive sleep apnea? This is only part of the question. The reality is that dentists are busy doctors! On their own, they limit the potential that their team can have in the dental sleep medicine arena. Dental teams are uniquely

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Common Sleep Disorders

By: Geoff Gilman Maybe you are wondering what the most common sleep disorders are. In this article, I wanted to address the most common sleep disorders and how you could be affected by them. More than one-third of US adults are not getting the recommended amount of sleep. This is a problem as sleep should

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The Diagnostic Pathways For Sleep Apnea

Are you a dentist who has considered getting into dental sleep medicine? Perhaps you even have a home sleep test sitting in a drawer from that event you went to. Do you remember when they told you how easy it would be to get paid for the test and the appliance using medical billing? When

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