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Comments sought on sleep-related breathing disorders

January 23, 2017

By Kelly Soderlund

Dr. O'Toole
The ADA Council on Dental Practice is soliciting comments from dentists on a proposed policy on dentistry's role in sleep-related breathing disorders.

Sleep-related breathing disorders are characterized by disruptions in normal breathing patterns. The disorders, which include obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, can be potentially serious medical conditions caused by anatomical airway collapse and altered respiratory control mechanisms.
The Council on Dental Practice developed a policy on sleep-related breathing disorders in response to Resolution 96H-2015 from the House of Delegates, which sought an official ADA policy on the subject. Now that a proposed policy is drafted, the council is seeking comments to include in its report to the 2017 House this fall.
"Dentists can and do play an essential role in the multidisciplinary care of patients with certain sleep related breathing disorders," said Dr. Terry O'Toole, council chair. "With this call for comments, we want to ensure all communities of interest have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed policy."

Dentists can read the proposed policy and evidence brief from the Council on Scientific Affairs titled "Oral Appliances for Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders" and provide input by visiting The deadline for comments is Feb. 28.