Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)
Everyone wants to experience a restful night’s sleep. In Dr. Tucker’s practice, it’s routine for patients and clinicians to discuss sleep and airway health. As a result of this discussion, many patients admit to a lack of energy or excessive daytime sleepiness. In this article, Dr. Tucker addresses the important conversation that patients and clinicians must have to help those who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing.
- Statistics which convey the number of affected – or high risk – patients a clinician may have in his or her practice
- What questions you should ask to assist in the diagnosis of sleep-related disorders
- The benefits to expanding your dental practice to treat patients who suffer from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Explaining a sleep study to patients in an easy to remember analogy
- An explanation of the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI)
- Seven things you should know to become involved in sleep dentistry
In Dr. Tucker’s experience, dental sleep medicine has been a beneficial component of his practice. Many doctors who have become involved in sleep dentistry have expressed how much they enjoy building their practice with a service that offers so many benefits, including the opportunity to assist medical colleagues in providing life-changing treatment for patients.
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