Frisco, Texas (PRWEB) October 10, 2011
SomnoMed, Inc., the global leader in oral appliance therapy technology, will host a two-day educational course October 14-15th to help dentists successfully implement Dental Sleep Medicine within their practices. The SomnoMed Academy course will introduce dentists to screening and treating patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) through extensive educational and hands-on sessions designed to maximize the latest dental sleep medicine technologies and develop streamlined protocols.
Sleep issues are not new – in fact, the 2002 National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Sleep in America poll found that 74 percent of American adults are experiencing a sleeping problem a few nights a week or more, 39 percent get less than seven hours of sleep each weeknight, and 37 percent are so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, considered a sleeping disorder, affects tens of millions of Americans and is associated with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack, stroke, memory/performance problems, depression and higher accident rates. SomnoMed’s SomnoDent® is a custom-made oral appliance that positions the lower jaw slightly forward of its usual position. This has the effect of keeping the airway open, preventing snoring and treating the serious chronic condition of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 24% of men and 9% of women have sleep apnea*. What does this mean for the average Dental practice? For a practice that has 500 adult men and 500 adult women, this means there are 165 patients that are candidates for the SomnoDent treatment. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Fundamentals teaches Dentists how to screen and identify these patients, resulting in satisfied patients and additional income for your practice.
“SomnoDent is a unique solution for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea that has unprecedented compliance rates among patients,” said Ralf Barschow, CEO of SomnoMed “We look forward to helping dentists introduce this solution in their practices to help patients sleep better, which in turn creates an overall healthier lifestyle.”
For more information about SomnoMed Academy and dental sleep medicine, click here.
- NEJM 1993:328:1230-1235
SomnoMed is a publically listed dental sleep medicine company (ASX:SOM) providing diagnostic and treatment solutions for Sleep Breathing Disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. SomnoMed was commercialized on the basis of extensive clinical research. Supporting independent clinical research, continuous innovation and instituting medical manufacturing standards has resulted in SomnoDent becoming the state-of-the-art and clinically proven medical oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. SomnoDent is the most comfortable and effective design and treatment solution for over 70,000 patients in 20 countries. For additional information, visit SomnoMed at http://www.somnomed.com.