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New 2015 OAT Guidelines Available - Tip of the Week 7-20 to 7-24, 2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Did you miss the last tip of the week? No problem, view it below!

Guess what appliances just got cleared for Medicare

 

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Join NPM for our "Successful Medical Billing in Dentistry" CE courses held across the country!

Our next Medical Billing course coming up is in Chicago, IL September 18 & 19.


There are plenty of other dates and cities if that one doesn't fit your schedule:

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The sessions are organized into categories to help you find what you're looking for - or something you didn't even know you were looking for! Follow the links below to see all of the available recordings in each category:


1. Sleep Apnea Training


2. TMD-TMJ Training

 

3. Oral Surgery Training

4. General Medical Billing Training

5. Marketing Training

6. Training - misc. topics


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Your Tip of the Week!

 

 

New 2015 Guidelines for Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) available!

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The new guidelines were published jointly by the AASM & AADSM, by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and the Journal of Sleep Medicine the first update to these guidelines since 2006!

The abstract states:

"The guideline recommends that sleep physicians consider prescription of oral appliances for adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who are intolerant of CPAP therapy or prefer alternate therapy, and it suggests that oral appliance therapy be provided by a qualified dentist using a custom, titratable appliance.

The guideline notes that CPAP therapy should still generally be the first-line option for treating OSA because it is superior in improving oxygen saturation and reducing the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) and arousal index. The guideline also recommends that sleep physicians prescribe oral appliances for adult patients who request treatment of primary snoring, emphasizing that diagnosis of primary snoring should be rendered by a sleep physician and not a dentist since snoring is a cardinal symptom of OSA."

 
If you cannot access the PDF, view here

 

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The press release states:

1. We recommend that sleep physicians prescribe oral appliances, rather than no therapy, for adult patients who request treatment of primary snoring (without obstructive sleep apnea). (STANDARD)

2. When oral appliance therapy is prescribed by a sleep physician for an adult patient with obstructive sleep apnea, we suggest that a qualified dentist use a custom, titratable appliance over non-custom oral devices. (GUIDELINE)

3. We recommend that sleep physicians consider prescription of oral appliances, rather than no treatment, for adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are intolerant of CPAP therapy or prefer alternate therapy. (STANDARD)

4. We suggest that qualified dentists provide oversight - rather than no follow-up - of oral appliance therapy in adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea, to survey for dental-related side effects or occlusal changes and reduce their incidence. (GUIDELINE)

5. We suggest that sleep physicians conduct follow-up sleep testing to improve or confirm treatment efficacy, rather than conduct follow-up without sleep testing, for patients fitted with oral appliances. (GUIDELINE)

6. We suggest that sleep physicians and qualified dentists instruct adult patients treated with oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea to return for periodic office visits - as opposed to no follow-up - with a qualified dentist and a sleep physician. (GUIDELINE)


Did you miss the last study group on July 21st? No problem!

View the recording of Dr. Mayoor Patel's "Adjunctive Therapies to Help OAT Success" study group below!

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