New York, NY (Vocus) September 1, 2009
Dentist and Educator Dr. Michael Simmons is scheduled to speak at the California Dental Association meeting in San Francisco on September 10, 2009 on the subject of sleep disordered breathing, that ranges from snoring to severe obstructive sleep apnea. This is a hot topic for dentistry as the problem is largely unmet in the American population and dentists can have a great impact in helping manage these disorders.
Simmons will address dentists and their staff in attendance about their responsibility in the recognition and collaborative care with their patient's physician. Practitioners will be informed that many more than 40 million people in the U.S. are disturbed directly or indirectly by the effects of loud snoring and breathing lapses. Dr. Simmons will encourage and teach the dental team how to screen for these problems and will validate that more than 1 in 7 of their patients may have sleep disordered breathing. He will share the avenues dentists have to co-treat these conditions, which include customized mouthpieces, jaw surgeries and orthodontic approaches.
Dr. Simmons will also touch upon the lack of education for physicians in identifying and treating all Sleep disorders including other big hitters like insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders. Research shows MD's most often have only about 2 hours of training during their entire 4 years of medical school and the issues with SDB although recognized as enormous back in 1988 continue to be increasing.
Dr. Simmons is a part time lecturer at UCLA and Clinical Assistant Professor at USC's dental schools and frequently talks with members of the public. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Simmons has published original research, book chapters and is a frequent speaker in Dental and Orofacial maladies including TMJ, Orofacial Pain, Snoring and Sleep Apnea. He just recently completed a children book on Snoring, Sleep Apnea and Drowsy Driving to try and reach our younger population and further educate on these epidemic problems. Simmons also serves as the Ethics Chairman for his local dental society of more than 1400 members. Dr. Simmons is a member of Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC.
About Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC:
Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC was founded in 2008 by Laurence I. Barsh, DMD, a dentist who has been involved with sleep medicine since 1992 and who now devotes full time to educating the public about dentistry's role and responsibility in the recognition and management of snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Barsh and the dentists associated with
Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC feel strongly that management of sleep-breathing disorders is a shared responsibility of both the medical and dental professions.
Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC consists of independently owned and operated affiliated offices. Visit http://www.SnoringIsntSexy.com for a directory of all participating dentists.
Dr. Michael Simmons