With dental sleep medicine training from DSM Solutions, you can open your practice up to an entirely new group of people. Best of all, not every dentist is providing patients with dental sleep medicine.
Most dental practitioners become dentists because they feel the need to help people. As one of those dentists, you are probably always looking for new ways to do just that.
What is Dental Sleep Medicine Training?
Dental sleep medicine training provides dentists and their teams with all of the tools needed to diagnose and treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Using less intrusive methods, it helps the patient get a better night’s sleep using solutions such as oral appliance therapy.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Just to refresh your mind, as you will find everything you need to know in the DSM Solutions Blog, obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA is a condition that stops someone from breathing while they are sleeping. Because the back of the throat relaxes, for whatever reason, people gasp for breath waking up and going back to sleep 100s of times every night.
During your training, you will also learn these OSA risk factors and more.
- Obesity, however not all overweight people have OSA and vice versa
- Large neck size men 18” or more women 16” or more
- Family history
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Certain over the counter and prescription medications
- Narrow airways
- Tonsils and adenoid enlargement
- High blood pressure
- Chronic nasal congestion
- Heavy alcohol use
- Being a man
Solutions for OSA
While CPAP therapy is the most common treatment, something else that you will learn in your dental sleep medicine training program, it isn’t the only way to combat OSA.
With CPAP being the most common, surgery is the last resort. Some people report no change a few months after OSA surgery having to go back to CPAP therapy and heavy prescription medications.
Oral appliance therapy on the other hand is an incredible way to help your patients get a good night sleep. Oral appliance therapy devices help keep the airways open and are designed for each patient.
During your DSM solutions training, you will learn how to diagnose, treat, and uncover the best oral appliance device along with other therapies that don’t involve surgery.
Add Value to Your Practice with Dental Sleep Medicine
If you would like to learn more about dental sleep medicine training with DSM Solutions, call, send a text or a direct message to a team member today.