Orthodontists are health care providers and as health care evolves so does our role. While the primary focus remains correcting malocclusions, orthodontists are increasingly receiving requests to deliver oral appliances to patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea by their physician. The risks, benefits, scope of care, and treatment needs are critical for the orthodontist to understand prior to incorporating oral appliance treatment into their practice.
Appropriately manage patients with oral appliances in collaboration with a sleep physician.
Recognize the importance of short and long term follow up for oral appliance patients.
Understand the current evidence for oral appliance therapy.