Research indicates that ninety-percent of individuals with the disease (OSA) are still undiagnosed. Dentists-qualified in sleep medicine can custom fabricate a simple device worn over the teeth that keeps the tongue from blocking the airway...
Rochester, NY (PRWEB) August 09, 2013
With over 80 Million people undiagnosed with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), it's assumed more physicians would increase OSA screenings and treatment options for symptomatic patients. Interestingly enough, dentists are among the small group of practitioners stepping up, to take on the sleepy killer, OSA. Dental sleep medicine expert, Dr. Michael Hnat lectures for Sleep Group Solutions, and instructs other dentists how to implement a proper sleep protocol, structured around evidence-based knowledge. Dr. Michael Hnat’s upcoming Dental Sleep Medicine lectures include Rochester (8/23-24), Cleveland (9/6-7), Irvine (9/20-21), Ft. Lauderdale (10/25-26) and Chicago (12/13-14).
Dentists from around the world are attending dental continuing education courses focusing on the dental treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. Dental sleep medicine education company, Sleep Group Solutions has instructed thousands of dentists on implementing a proper sleep protocol. Dr. Michael Hnat, a dentist in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, screens and treats patients for sleep apnea in his general dentist practice, Progressive Dental Solutions. “Research indicates that ninety-percent of individuals with the disease (OSA) are still undiagnosed. Dentists-qualified in sleep medicine can custom fabricate a simple device worn over the teeth that keeps the tongue from blocking the airway allowing for adequate breathing and oxygen levels while asleep.” says Dr. Hnat, whose dental practice was among the first in the country to be granted full accreditation by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Common symptoms and signs of OSA include; Acid reflux, irritability, morning headaches, high blood pressure, hypertension, scalloped tongue, and daytime fatigue. “In sleep apnea chronic, low oxygen levels in the blood stress brain and heart function.” explains Dr. Michael Hnat. By stabilizing the airway, oxygen is able to pass through without an obstruction, or blockage. Oral appliances, such as The Respire Blue Series, hold the mandible in place, and keep the tongue from creating further obstructions. Dr. Hnat hosted a free webinar this week on the topic, to offer dental professionals a sneak peak of what to expect during his upcoming seminar. The webinar is available to the dental industry, here.
To increase existing knowledge of dental sleep medicine, or to learn it for the first time, attending a dental continuing education course with Sleep Group Solutions is a great starting place. For dental professionals interested in learning live with Dr. Michael Hnat, please register for his upcoming course in Rochester, NY on August 23-24. Dr. Hnat will also be lecturing on the following dates:
Ft. Lauderdale (10/25-26)
About Michael Hnat, DMD
Dr Michael Hnat received his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1979 and has been in private general practice since then. He completed undergraduate studies summa cum laude at West Virginia University majoring in Biology with a minor in Physiology. In 2007 Dr Hnat relocated his practice to McMurray, PA focusing on dental sleep medicine as an integral part of his care to patients. His dental sleep medicine facility- Progressive Dental Solutions- was one of the first in the country to be granted full accreditation by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine demonstrating proficiency, practice and professionalism in providing optimal care to patients with sleep disordered breathing. He passionately works with a broad network of medical specialists and sleep labs throughout Southwestern PA and neighboring areas of Ohio and West Virginia in helping these individuals improve their quality of life.
About Sleep Group Solution
Sleep Group Solutions is an airway diagnostic technology company serving the needs of physicians and dentists interested in screening, diagnosing and treating sleep apnea and other upper airway disorders. Sleep Group Solutions offers the latest screening and diagnostic equipment solutions for patients with allergy, sinus congestion, rhinitis, deviated septum, nasal polyps, snoring and sleep apnea. SGS offers the most comprehensive dental sleep medicine CE seminars in the industry focused on teaching dentists the protocols needed to make the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea part of their practice. Sleep Group Solutions offers sleep study interpretation, oral appliances (Norad Boil & Bite, Respire), online directory 1800SleepLab.com and online marketing for CPAP Intolerant patients. SGS is the manufacturer of the Eccovision Systems Rhinometer and Pharyngometer, and offers Home Sleep Testing devices from Watermark Medical.