Best Practices

AADSM president-elect Harold A. Smith, DDS, promotes dentists working closely with physicians, unbiased dental sleep medicine education, and mentorship among members.
An expert reviews the literature on ACPAP adherence and discusses real-world approaches to promoting device usage in obstructive sleep apnea patients who take this increasingly common route.
sleep technologists
Four sleep medicine experts speak to how home sleep testing affects sleep technologist career paths, recommend new skills for technologists to focus on, weigh in on initiatives that may make an impact on the field, share insights as to potential sleep tech shortages, and provide closing thoughts on what technologists should do to thrive.
For sleep techs, patient education and comprehensive planning are two keys to efficiently diagnosing and titrating patients in the same night.
dental hygienist sleep medicine
Dentists are growing in awareness about the role they can play in the treatment of sleep apnea, but it's important to note that dental hygienists can save lives, too!
When patients’ restless legs syndrome symptoms worsen, Mark Buchfuhrer, MD, doesn’t increase the dose of dopamine agonists. His approach takes patients off the typical first-line therapy entirely.
In Australia, after research showing 60% of callers to cancer support line "13 11 20" reported insomnia symptoms, the Cancer Council Queensland has urged cancer patients and caregivers suffering from insomnia to seek help.
Practical solutions can help patients prescribed CPAP maintain their equipment by replacing key device components, thereby maximizing therapeutic outcomes.
Workers who do not work the standard 9-to-5 may suffer from unique sleeping problems like shift work disorder. New research offers insight into whether workplace naps help or hurt such employees.
Understanding the differences between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea is an essential step in treating these conditions.
Douglas R. Liepert, MD, and Daniel G. Klauer, DDS, sink their teeth into a collaborative multidisciplinary professional relationship that bridges the gap between sleep medicine and dentistry.
CPAP touchpoints
As 2015 begins, a worthwhile New Year’s resolution for those practicing sleep medicine is to increase positive airway pressure (PAP) adherence among obstructive sleep apnea patients.
infant sleep patterns
Most parents are not surprised by the irregularity of a newborn infant's sleep patterns, but by 6 months or so, many parents wonder if something is wrong with their baby or their sleeping arrangements if the baby is not sleeping through the night.
Sleeping on the job is a necessary reality for many night shift workers, but a new study suggests that instead of providing an energy boost, a night-time nap might put workers at risk.
actigraphy bedtime
When a patient forgets to hit the event mark button on an actigraph,there are still ways that you can determine an accurate “lights out” point.
An international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of Granada, find that the speed of saccadic movements is an excellent way to objectively measure the level of fatigue in a physician.
Many durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers are still stuck in the 20th century, using faxes and phones to track progress and communicate with their CPAP patients as they try to keep them compliant with sleep therapy prescribed by their doctor.
Julie Flygare Narcolepsy
A patient advocate shares insightful dos and don'ts for working with narcolepsy patients.
narcolepsy symptoms
Narcoleptics often suffer for a decade or more before getting a proper diagnosis. Learn the commonly missed signs, and your patients won't have to wait any longer. 
sleep medicine ethics
If you are a sleep specialist and fearful of losing relevance and revenue, then listen up. Marketplace longevity comes from consistently doing right.