Dental Sleep Medicine
Dental sleep medicine is an area of special interest within dentistry where certified dentists are trained to use oral appliance therapy (OAT) to treat sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). This includes the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). Dentists work alongside a team of medical sleep specialists and other healthcare professionals in order to optimise treatment options for the individual patient. Dentists can be the first contact for a patient seeking help for snoring. Included in this area of special interest is Sleep Bruxism (SB) or nighttime grinding of teeth, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and craniofacial pain (CFP).