Teaching dentists about sleep apnea is important because dentists are in a position to screen for this serious disease.
New York, NY (PRWEB) May 07, 2012
Norman Blumenstock, DDS whose dental practice is located in Monroe Township, NJ, presented a lecture entitled “It’s Not Just Snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea” to members of the Third District Dental Society of New York and their staff. Dr. Blumenstock’s lecture emphasized dentistry’s role in the recognition and management of sleep breathing disorders.
Dr. Blumenstock’s lecture provided attendees with the information needed to learn when snoring might be just an annoyance and when it might be the sign of a life-shortening condition know as obstructive sleep apnea. He taught attendees how to screen patients who should be referred to sleep physicians for sleep testing and diagnosis. The lecture included a discussion on the pathophysiology involved in snoring and sleep apnea and how oral appliance therapy works to stabilize the upper airway during sleep.
Dr. Blumenstock is uniquely qualified to teach this subject. He is a charter member of the Sleep Disorder Dental Society and has been credentialed by the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (formerly the Sleep Disorder Dental Society). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Blumenstock is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and on the staff at the Dental Department of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where he evaluates patients who snore and have sleep apnea and would benefit by the use of an oral airway appliance. He serves on staff at the Capital Health Center for Sleep in Hamilton/Trenton.
“Teaching dentists about sleep apnea is important because dentists are in a position to screen for this serious disease,” said Dr. Blumenstock. “With further extensive education they can be proficient in treating patients with this disorder. It’s extremely rewarding to be able to teach dentists to provide a service that can substantially improve the health and quality of life of patients.”
The Third District Dental Society serves dentists in six counties of New York (Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, Ulster and Sullivan). The mission of this society is to cultivate and promote the art and science of dentistry and to improve the oral and dental health of the public. Membership consists of 470 dentists.
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 SnoringIsntSexy.com for a directory of all participating dentists or our dedicated Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/findsleepapneadentist.
Dr. Blumenstock can be reached for comment at his office at 410 Spotswood Englishtown Rd., Monroe Township, NJ by phone at 732-251-7766, by e-mail to nblumenstock(at)gmail(dot)com or on Facebook. His practice web site is http://www.snoredentist.com.