SomnoMed North America announced Nexus Dental Systems as its preferred partner to offer sleep dentistry training and medical billing for oral appliance therapy (OAT) in the US Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and commercial market segments.

The partnership enhances the objectives of SomnoMed’s Medical Initiative by further enabling and expanding collaborative patient treatment pathways between medical prescribers, qualified sleep dentists, and their patients, according to Matthew Conlon, executive vice president for SomnoMed North America, in a release. 

“As more and more medical prescribers turn to OAT as a treatment choice for their mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients, they want assurance that the sleep dentists they turn to will provide their patients the highest quality sleep dentistry care with optimal value,” says Conlon in the release. “Nexus has the resources, tools, and team to help our dental sleep medicine customers maximize their expertise and efficiencies and stand out as preferred OAT treatment partners for those prescribers.”

According to a release from SomnoMed North America, dentists have struggled to implement sleep medicine programs for over 20 years as difficulty forging relationships with physicians, telemedicine, sleep testing, navigating medical insurance and training staff meant that quality sleep dental treatment for OSA was not widely available.

“There are two major obstacles in dental sleep medicine: a universal treatment protocol and a clear path to reimbursement,” says Brett Brocki, founder of Nexus Dental Systems, in a release. “We combined a comprehensive clinical protocol with national insurance contracts to create a universal workflow ecosystem for dental sleep medicine providers with predictable reimbursement. All OSA sufferers, including our troops and veterans, deserve access to the best OSA treatment available, which is why we’re proud to collaborate with SomnoMed, the global leader in oral appliance therapy.”

The companies recently partnered on a national OSA screening and treatment program at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, with the inaugural events held at Grambling State University in May. This program is part of a broader collaboration strategy between Nexus and SomnoMed to increase access to treatment within large patient pools.

“Integrating SomnoMed’s SomAccount ordering system into the Nexus software pathway will expedite cases and streamline reimbursement,” says Scott Kay, director of strategic partnerships for Nexus, in a release. “And our national payor contracts make this available to the majority of Americans.”