Sleep disordered breathing is primarily an anatomic phenomenon of the relation of mandible to maxilla and anatomy of the pharynx. Dentists and orthodontists are more familiar with this area than most physicians. Dental devices for mild to moderate apnea are just as effective in the treatment of OSA with better compliance than CPAP in the adult population. All of these devices are variations of appliances used already by the orthodontist for orthopedic corrections of malocclusion. The practice management of sleep apnea patients is virtual the same as regular orthodontic patients with the exception of the medical component.
Evaluate potential sleep apnea patients by short questionnaires, facial /dental characteristics and routine cephalograms that are part of your practice now.
Internally and externally market this part of your practice in an ethical and professional manner.
Benefit by adding sleep apnea recognition and treatment to your practice.