The comprehensive family guide was prepared in collaboration of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, TREAT-NMD and the United Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. The guide is available printed as well as online (http://en.care-nmd.eu/international/family-guide). It was implemented as application for smartphones and tablets at the Center for Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics of the Medical Center – University of Freiburg (Germany). New interactive functions to store medication and examination results are available to you also, as well as a reminder option for the regular examinations.
We hope that individuals with Duchenne and their families can use this guide in collaboration with their care providers to discuss their own specific care needs. This guide is available in English and German, other languages are planned.
Dental Sleep Medicine has emerged as a safe and effective therapy in managing patients with all stages of obstructive sleep apnea.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends oral sleep appliances as first line treatment options for those with mild and moderate sleep apnea as well as for those individuals who are CPAP intolerant.
The dental treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) has emerged as an excellent option for patients suffering from snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Untreated sleep apnea leaves one at significant medical risk, can be life threatening, and evidence supports it can shorten life expectancy seven to ten years.
It is the challenge of sleep professionals working together to find the most comfortable, compliant and effective therapy for individuals diagnosed with OSA.
Dental treatment of OSA with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) includes the Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) and Tongue Retaining Device (TRD).
These devices are FDA-approved, custom-fabricated by a dentist with special training in Dental Sleep Medicine.
Medicare has approved the use of Oral Appliance Therapy in patients with documented mild, moderate and severe OSA. Third party Insurance is following suite also. Primary snoring is excluded from Medicare coverage.
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Yours in Health
Thomas Bishara, DMD