Sleep Medicine Care Under One Roof: A Proposed Model for Integrating Dentistry and Medicine
1Jefferson Sleep Center, Thomas Jefferson University & Hospitals, Philadelphia, PA; 2Department of Prosthodontics and Regional Center for Neurosensory Disorders School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; 3The Center for Sleep Medicine, Chicago, IL; 4Comprehensive Sleep Associates, Capital Health Medical Center, Hamilton, NJ
Integrating oral appliance therapy into the delivery of care for sleeprelated breathing disorders has been a challenge for dental and medical professionals alike. We review the difficulties that have been faced and propose a multidisciplinary care delivery model that integrates dental sleep medicine and sleep medicine under the same roof with educational and research components. The model promises to offer distinct advantages to improved patient care, continuity of treatment, and the central coordination of clinical and insurance-related benefits.
Sharma S; Essick G; Schwartz D; Aronsky AJ. Sleep medicine care under one roof: a proposed model for integrating dentistry and medicine. J Clin Sleep Med 2013;9(8):827-833.
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