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Dentists Play a Vital Role in Sleep Apnea Management

April 26, 2019
The number of people with serious breathing problems during sleep continues to grow with time. In the United States alone, there are more than 18 million people suffering from sleep apnea; a condition in which the breathing stops for short periods of time during sleep. Lack of oxygen in the blood can have damaging effects throughout the body. It could lead to cardiovascular and central nervous system complications. 

Dentist’s role in the treatment and management of sleep apnea

Most sleep apnea cases are caused by obstruction of the airway, which could be associated with tongue or soft palate blockage of the airway. It can also be caused by a relaxation of the surrounding muscles allowing the airway to collapse momentarily. Majority of people with sleep apnea are not even aware of it. Those who have severe cases of sleep apnea see a sleep specialist. Don’t you know that your dentist can actually help in the treatment and management of sleep apnea?

If you visit your dentist, your dentist usually asks you about your sleep habits including snoring and daytime sleepiness. One of the tell-tale signs of sleep apnea is a loud snore as it indicates an airway obstruction; be it a tongue or a soft palate. Although a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device remains to be one of the top choices for sleep apnea treatment, more and more patients and medical professionals now realize the effectiveness of dentistry approach in the treatment and management of sleep apnea. Dentists use dental appliance and tools to keep the tongue from blocking the airway as well as other dentistry methods to address the underlying cause of sleep apnea.

Dental Sleep MBA by Dr. Avi Weisfogel

Not all dentist you meet have what it takes to address sleep apnea. Only those who have undergone extensive training can look after the welfare of sleep patients. To help dental professionals and sleep patients, Dr. Avi Weisfogel came up with a training program called Dental Sleep MBA. It is specially created for dentists who want a new way of building a successful dental practice. Those who want to build a successful dental sleep practice are highly encouraged to take Dental Sleep MBA.

To have an idea as to what Dental Sleep MBA is all about, dental professionals are highly encouraged to come to the preview event; a 3-day event that offers interested dentists a way to discover how the course works and how it can help them build a successful practice. In the said event, you get to know the science behind sleep. You will be walked through the entire process and explains to you every part of the system. Right after the preview event, you will have ample time to think whether you want to proceed with the actual course or not. Check out Dr. Avi's social media account https://www.facebook.com/avi.weisfogel.

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