Unusual OSA connections
As a dental sleep program specialist, I have been lecturing on the topic of implementing a sleep apnea protocol to dentists for nearly ten years. As dental professionals, we’ve all been [hopefully] schooled on some of the most common signs of sleep apnea to look for in our patients. The usual suspects include snoring, hypertension, obesity, headaches and of course, daytime fatigue.
But, the problem with only looking for the most common signs and symptoms is that sleep apnea can be tricky. Not all patients present common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, but are in fact suffering with this deadly disorder.
At HST America, we like to dig deeper and also talk about the unusual suspects of sleep apnea.
Here are a few not-so-mainstream signs to consider when screening patients for sleep apnea:
-Premature aging of the skin
-Memory disorders (Dementia, Alzheimer’s)
-Clenching of the teeth while sleeping (Bruxism)
-Low T (testosterone) in men
Along with these above red flags, untreated sleep apnea also increases your risk of cancer, heart attack and stroke.
If you are a dentist looking to implement or improve a sleep apnea protocol, our dental sleep medicine sleep seminars are a great starting place. If you’re already treating patients for sleep apnea, we can help with the diagnosis process through our concierge home sleep testing services that cost nothing for the dentist to use.
About the author
For the last 9 years, Kate Baker has taken great pride in her role of spreading awareness and teaching dental offices about Obstructive Sleep Apnea. She has found particular enjoyment working one-on-one with hundreds of practices internationally to help them succeed in laying the foundation and helping to build the confidence needed for success.
Additionally, she has enjoyed speaking at numerous live CE courses all over the country in the sleep industry. She is glad to have gained this experience and looks forward to putting her skills toward helping current and future dentists working with HST America. You may contact Kate directly at Kathleneb@HSTamerica.com.