Glossary of Terms

The following abbreviations are used throughout our website. To facilitate your use of our site, please refer to this glossary as needed.

AADSM — American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
AHI — Number of breathing events per hour
CPAP — Continuous positive air pressure
CSA — Central sleep apnea
DME — Durable medical equipment
ERISA — Federal guideline laws
FDA — Food and Drug Administration
GERD — Gastroesophageal reflux disease
CMS-1490S — Medicare form for reimbursement of medical costs paid for by the patient
HCPCS — Codes for medical billing (family of medical codes for non/physician procedures)
HIPAA — Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
LAUP — Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (surgery performed to eliminate snoring)
MSLT — Multiple sleep latency test
nCPAP — Nasal continuous positive airway pressure
NCSDR — National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
NHLBI — National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
OAT — Oral appliance therapy
OSA — Obstructive sleep apnea
PCP — Primary care physician
PMA — Premarket approval
PPO — Preferred Provider Organization or Participating Provider Organization
TMJ — Temporomandibular joint
TMD — Temporomandibular joint disorder
UPPP — Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (procedure used to remove excess tissue at the back of the throat (tonsils, uvula and part of the soft palate)

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