Dawson has created an alliance with SomnoMed, a company focused on sleep medicine. Dentistry is in the infancy stage of learning about the medical risks of sleep apnea and potential dental manifestations. Functional tooth wear indicates a link. Sleep apnea patients, when they stop breathing and struggle to breathe again, often push their jaw forward and wake up with a start. Patients with lots of front tooth wear and only some back tooth wear could have sleep apnea, or so we presume. Dentally and medically, we should look at patients in this regard. We are going to offer a sleep medicine course as part of Dawson. Currently, we’re working with Dr. Rick Koker, an expert in this area, to create a hands-on component for the course. This week, at our Seminar One in St. Pete, I’ll present 45 minutes of material on this topic. The SomnoMed venture is a very good partnership that will allow us to offer our doctors education and strategy for implementing a protocol for treating sleep apnea patients.
Cranham on the New Sleep Apnea Course by Dawson
October 7th, 2009 · No Comments
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