DentistryIQ provides an overview of dental sleep medicine and why dentists may want to practice in this growing field.

“More than 25 million adults in the United States suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, and up to 50% of sleep apnea patients do not adhere to the continuous positive airway pressure machine and mask recommended as a first line of treatment,” said Kathleen Bennett, DDS, president of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). “There is a great need for sleep apnea treatment, and dentists who practice dental sleep medicine provide a treatment that is easier to live with, proven effective, and in high demand among both patients and sleep physicians.”