Dental Pioneer Changes Focus of Annual Summit to Sleep Medicine

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The 2012 Dental Sleep Summit is a unique platform that allows dentists across the country to further their education on sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy (OAT) treatment.

Dr. Brock Rondeau

Dr. Brock Rondeau

Sleep apnea adversely affects overall health. Severe sleep apnea actually shortens life expectancy by as much as 10 years.

Dr. Brock Rondeau, has been involved in dental sleep medicine for over 20 years. His company, Rondeau Seminars, along with dental sleep medicine giant Sleep Group Solutions, are teaming up together to sponsor the 2012 Dental Sleep Summit. Rondeau stated, “Last year’s sleep summit was successful. This year we’ve seen many more dentists get involved in dental sleep medicine and we expect even greater attendance.”

The 2012 Dental Sleep Summit will be held on October 18-20th at the Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas. “This is the second year that I have exclusively devoted my advanced dental education summit in Vegas to Sleep Medicine,” Rondeau said. “I started the Sleep Summit to build a dental sleep medicine platform and help dentists further their education on sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy (OAT) treatment. Dentists will be able to learn from sleep specialists, an ear, nose and throat specialist, and other peers who provide sleep apnea treatment,” Rondeau said.

Sleep apnea is estimated to affect millions of Americans and has recently been linked to cancer. Medical studies indicate that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) over a prolonged period of time can have an adverse effect on overall health, including mortality. “Sleep apnea adversely affects overall health. Severe sleep apnea actually shortens life expectancy by as much as 10 years,” Rondeau states.

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, atrial fibrillation, stroke, type two diabetes, acid reflux, kidney disease, cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and many other health dangers,” Rondeau said. “These health problems can eventually prove to be fatal.”

Dentists are now able to be part of the treatment team for mild to moderate sleep apnea sufferers. They are able to treat sleep apnea through the use of Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). Dentists offer this treatment by creating a custom fabricated mouth piece that is similar to a retainer. The mouth piece works by repositioning the jaw forward and gently moving the tongue forward to keep the airway open.

To find out more information on the 2012 Sleep Summit, visit http://www.rondeauseminars.com or http://www.sleepgs.com. Rondeau Seminars provide continuing education for dental professionals through on-line courses and seminars in orthodontics, TMJ, and sleep disorder dentistry. Dr. Rondeau also lectures on the subject of orthodontics, orthopedics, snoring, and TMJ. He is recognized as one of the leaders in the orthodontic profession in the area of early treatment and functional appliances. Visit http://www.ortho-tmj.com to find out more information on Dr. Rondeau.

Visit SleepTest to take quick 5 minute screening to see if you may be at risk for sleep apnea.

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