Don’t you know that dentists are no longer confined in teeth-related problems? Most of them are trained to help treat and manage sleep apnea and other sleep-related problems. What is dental sleep medicine? It is a field of dental practice that primarily focuses on the use of the oral appliance in the treatment and management of obstructive sleep apnea.
Dentists work hand in hand with sleep physician to deliver a thorough and efficient treatment and management plan. If you or somebody you know suffer from sleep apnea and are looking for alternative treatment, then you should see a dentist, specifically the one who belongs with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Treatment for sleep apnea results in health and quality of life
Sleep is important as it gives the body ample time to rest. The quality of sleep has a direct impact on your health and overall well-being. In people with sleep apnea, the quality of sleep is compromised. You wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air and you would find it difficult to go back to sleep. Some people experience numerous episodes of breathing pauses. If left unmanaged could lead to breathing and cardiovascular-related problems.
Dentists conduct a thorough examination and assessment and after which will come up with a treatment and management plan. They provide oral appliance therapy to treat snoring, sleep apnea, and other sleep-related issues. The traditional way of treating sleep apnea is through the use of a CPAP machine. Some people are still using it up to this date. However, more and more people switch to dentistry approach because it is more effective, more comfortable, portable, quiet, and easy to wear when compared to CPAP machine.
What to keep in mind?
Oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea should only be provided by a qualified dentist; someone who has the knowledge and technical skill in dental sleep medicine. Such kind of knowledge and skills cannot be found in regular dental schools. So, not all dentist you meet has what it takes to address sleep apnea and sleep-related concerns.
If you are a dentist who wants to broaden your scope of practice, then you should take the Dental Sleep MBA. It is a program created by Dr. Avi Weisfogel, which aims to help dentists who want to become experts in dental sleep medicine. Right after the program, you can proceed with getting certified in dental sleep medicine by a non-profit organization like the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel has been helping sleep patients using dentistry approach since he became a board-certified dentist. He created Dental Sleep MBA with a vision in mind and that is to help as many sleep patients possible and help the dentist in running a successful dental sleep practice.
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