Adding this valuable service to your dental practice has the potential to not only improve the quality of lives of many of your patients, but also provide a new profit center for your business.
Dental Sleep Medicine is a relatively new specialty of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep disorders. These disorders represent those that result from airway obstructions that occur during sleep.
It is estimated that obstructive sleep disorders affect 5% of the Western world, most of which go unrecognized and undiagnosed despite the substantial mortality rates associated with them.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition where the throat collapses during sleep, disrupting breathing and repeatedly rouses a person from sleep. Sleep experts estimate 80-90% of people with Sleep Apnea are unaware of their condition.
Risk for OSA increases with age and weight gain. Obstructive Sleep Apnea raises the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and driving accidents. Untreated OSA is frequently linked to cognitive decline. Symptoms can exacerbate or mimic dementia symptoms.
Sleep studies indicate that sleep-disordered breathing is strongly associated with the metabolic syndrome. A group of India-based researchers found that OSA patients were three times more likely to experience obesity, hypertension, diabetes, mellitus and hperlipidema (HLP). HLP patients have high blood cholesterol and triglycerides.
Dentists are in a unique position to be able to help. Because dentists see patients on a regular basis, they would have an opportunity to screen for Sleep Apnea. If a screening indicates the patient is at risk for OSA, the Sleep Optima dentist can provide treatment services.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Benefits
Sleep Optima provides dental practices with the services necessary to successfully implement dental sleep medicine. We focus on education and training for sleep dentistry staff, continuing education for dentists, home sleep testing services, medical oversight and medical insurance billing services.
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