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From the News: Ethics of Oral Sleep Appliances

Ethics of Oral Sleep Appliances

Dr. Rod Wentworth
Past President, WSDA

In my practice lifetime, it seems like every five to ten years a new income generating departure from conventional dentistry comes along: the myomonitor for TMJ treatment, fresh breath centers for halitosis, the snap-on smile, and teeth in a day, to name a few. Each one comes with a set of instructions or training to make your dental practice more productive than ever. The latest one is making oral sleep appliances for sleep breathing issues, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). I’m getting faxes and emails at least weekly showing me how I can bring in the big bucks by making sleep appliances. I see ads from dentists offering these appliances as an easier alternative to the patient-unfriendly continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines. So, is there an ethical problem here? 

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