The Academy has been established to develop and be recognised as a respected leader in education. Its educational program will be evidence-based teaching in Sleep Disordered breathing, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and Orofacial Pain.
The teaching of the Academy will be to guide its members to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in screening, assessing and treating patients on referral from medical colleagues where appropriate. It aims to discourage dentists from treating patients for what is a medical condition without reference to a medical colleague.
Enhancing knowledge of Dental Sleep Medicine incorporating Snoring, Sleep Apnoea, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD), Sleep Bruxism (SB) and Oraniofacial Pain (OFP).
More than 1.5 million people in the UK are thought to suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and that more than 80% of these remain undiagnosed. This is why it is important for dentists and associated dental care professionals to take the next step in their professional journey to offer patients this service of Dental Sleep Medicine
While awareness of sleep apnoea is increasing, about 42% of people who snore or whose partner snores, remain unaware of OSA and it’s serious consequences if left untreated. With general population awareness levels so low, it is the duty of dentists worldwide to improve awareness, provide the education and subsequent access to treatment by adhering to the accepted protocols for safe and effective practice.
By looking at these numbers of those who remain unaware of the existence or it’s associated risks, it further endorses the need for dentists to continue their education in this ever-evolving ‘specialism’. There is a wide pool of patients that need a dentist’s help but are missed because of a dentists’ lack of knowledge. “ you can’t see what you don’t know”!
Dentistry has evolved over recent decades to incorporate a holistic approach to managing a patient’s overall health. It involves the provision of advanced services that involve the general well being of the patients we see in the dental practice. Just as we are called upon to screen and assess patients for oral cancer and the cardiovascular risk of periodontal disease, the profession is being called upon increasingly to help with the management of sleep-related breathing disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. Included in this care is that of patients with Sleep Bruxism (tooth grinding) and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and Orofacial Pain, there being a potential link between these disorders. The role goes beyond making oral appliances.
Dentists are uniquely placed in seeing ‘at risk’ patients more often than other medical professionals. Screening for and assessing these patients is vital in preventing the consequences of the disorder as well as improving the quality of life of the patients, their bed partners and families. It is for this reason that the BADSM was established, to enhance the work of the BSDSM and further train dentists to provide this service to an acceptably high level of expertise with sound evidence-based knowledge. This expertise will further expand the role of dentistry being part of the multidisciplinary medical, dental and auxiliary team that is essential in providing the best treatment outcome for the patient.
With the help of the British Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (BADSM), dentists can better understand Sleep and it’s Disorders and enhance the service provided for improved patient care.