Obstructive sleep apnea is a remarkably common sleep disorder amongst American adults, particularly those who are male, overweight, habitual drinkers, smokers and/or older than 50. Having said that, just about anyone of any age or gender can suffer from sleep apnea and given the incredibly debilitating effect it has upon one’s health, vitality and quality of life, effective and prompt treatment is of utmost importance.
The problem is, since this common sleep disorder affects people while they are unconscious; it’s not always obvious to the patient what’s wrong with them. All they do know is that they suffer from fatigue and low energy levels, which could be symptoms of a plethora of other health issues. As such, obstructive sleep apnea often goes unrecognized or at least mistaken for bad snoring. So, it’s really in the hands of a patient’s bed partner or their medical healthcare team to determine whether they present with this common sleep disorder or not.
How to Recognize Obstructive Sleep Apnea
As a Bed Partner: The immediate symptoms of sleep apnea – the cycle of loud snoring punctuated with breathing pauses and then gasps, chokes or snorts for air – are quite recognizable. Even if your partner is a loud snorer, you might want to get him or her checked out for sleep apnea. Daytime symptoms include irritability, moodiness, fatigue, falling asleep during routine tasks and a reluctance to exercise, get active or get out.
If your partner is a woman, listen up: the daytime symptoms of this common sleep disorder are not always obvious and can manifest as anxiety or even depression. If you have noticed this in addition to snoring at night, you should consult with a doctor about the possibility of her having obstructive sleep apnea.
As a Dentist: As a dentist, you have a much better opportunity of catching this common sleep disorder, because your patients come to see you at least once or twice a year for routine check-ups, whereas doctors only see their patients when something is wrong. By asking your patients a few routine questions, you might ascertain whether or not they may suffer from sleep apnea. Since oral appliance therapy is considered an effective treatment for most mild to moderate cases of this common sleep disorder, you could then provide these patients with a working solution (once they have been officially diagnosed by a medical doctor.)
Questions you pose might include:
- Do you sleep well at night?
- Do you snore? Have you ever been told that you snore?
- Do you ever feel exhausted, even after a full night’s rest?
Learning more about the sleep habits of your patients is often the first step on their journey to receiving the treatment they need to enjoy a much better quality of life. And, of course, with the right training, you can launch your practice into the realm of sleep apnea treatment, which could increase your patient intake by 50+ per month!Dr. Avi Weisfogel D.D.S. is one of America’s leading sleep medicine doctors and offers dentists CE Seminars on how to incorporate sleep apnea treatment into their practices.
To Learn More About Our CE Sleep Apnea Seminars and Online Educational Portal Sleep Practice Perks, Select Any of the Links Below:
- About IFS’ CE Seminars for Dentists
- Upcoming Sleep Treatment Seminars
- Sleep Treatment Seminar FAQ
- Register, Pay and Book Your Seat Here!
- About Sleep Practice Perks
- Sign Up for Sleep Practice Perks
To Learn More About Sleep Apnea, Select Any of the Links Below:
- Learn About Sleep Apnea
- Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
- Sleep Apnea Symptoms
- Men, Women & Sleep Apnea
- Weight Gain & Sleep Apnea
- Sleep Apnea Treatment
- Sleep Apnea FAQ Guide
Contact Us Today!
To learn more about the International Federation of Sleep, our CE Dental Sleep Seminars , our online educational portal for dentists, Sleep Practice Perks, or sleep apnea treatment, don’t hesitate to Contact Us by clicking on the link and filling out the form!
To receive CE training in sleep apnea treatment and expand your dental practice’s services and revenue, attend one of IFS’s worldclass dental sleep seminars! Learn More Book Your Seat!