Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects millions of people across the country, and this lack of quality sleep considerably reduces the quality of their life. With the airway passage being compromised for various reasons, patients can suffer from health problems and an increase in the potential for auto accidents. Thankfully, dentists are now in the unique position to partner with physicians to treat patients using dental appliances so they can rest better. MicroDental Laboratories is proud to present to you our dental sleep device options below as a yet another way to improve the lives of patients.
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. There are three types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea and Mixed Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea and is believed to affect approximately 4% of men and 2% of women. However, it is believed that only about 10% of people with OSA seek treatment leaving the majority of OSA sufferers undiagnosed.
Questions For You to Consider
- Have you attended a sleep apnea course in the past twelve months?
- Have you considered becoming certified in deep sleep medicine? Would the investment in time, money, and effort be of value to your patients and to you?
- Are you asking questions on your patient information sheet that could open doors for conversations regarding sleep apnea?
- Are you asking such questions during your interviews with patients?
- Are you recommending sleep studies for patients who present symptoms of sleep apnea?
- Have you studied the different appliances that are available and how they treat the various types of situations?
- Would you be providing a service to your patient family by educating them about this ailment that is impacting millions of Americans, including people within your own practice?