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Seven Things You Need to Know About Sleep and Airway Health (2 CE Credits)

Seven Things You Need to Know About Sleep and Airway Health
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Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)

John H. Tucker, DMD

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.

Topics include:

  • 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

Summary

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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