Take advantage of upcoming educational sessions

Have you been thinking about completing continuing education? Well, what are you waiting for? Yes, I know it is summer, but that is the best time to start! Plan your vacation around an upcoming seminar or lecture and bring the family too! 

Even once summer is done, we have several education sessions that are in warmer states so you can even get away from the cold in the fall and winter. To help you get a better idea for what is coming up, I have put together a list of my upcoming lectures. 

I have broken up the educational courses into three categories: Dental sleep medicine, craniofacial pain and combination. These courses will take place in the next three months and I hope to see you at one of them.

Dental sleep medicine education

September 14, 2019

Topic: DSM for NP/PA (Atlanta Sleep School)

Location: Atlanta, GA

 

September 27-28, 2019

Topic: DSM sleep Mini residency Session 1

Location: Denver, CO

 

October 4-5, 2019

Topic: Successful Implementation of Dental Sleep Medicine

Location: Chicago, IL

 

Craniofacial pain lectures

August 23-25, 2019

Topic: Orofacial Pain Mini Residency  Session 2

Location: Raleigh, NC

 

September 20-21, 2019

Topic: TMJ Disorders

Location: Dallas, TX

 

Combination sleep and pain sessions

August 9-10, 2019

Topic: Sleep & Pain Mini Residency 3 Session 3

Location: Atlanta, GA

 

September 6-7, 2019

Topic: Sleep & Pain Mini Residency 4 Session 1

Location: Atlanta, GA

 

October 11-12, 2019

Topic: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving for Sleep & TMJ

Location: Atlanta, GA

 

October 25-26, 2019

Topic: Dental Sleep & Craniofacial Pain Panel conference

Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

There are a lot of great destinations in this list, with even more important topics to cover. I encourage you to attend a couple (or all) lectures in the next couple months. If you can’t, there will be more in the later part of the year too. We have a lot to talk about that can help you continue to improve the services you offer your patients. I look forward to seeing some of you at an upcoming lecture!

Hypertension affects your patients’ whole body 

We know there are so many connections between certain conditions and sleep apnea. One condition is hypertension. As you know, it can have harmful effects on a person’s body if left untreated. However, did you know that sleep apnea shares the same exact risks as hypertension? By treating sleep apnea, it can potentially save your patients’ lives.

To help you share this important information with your patients, I have created an educational infographic below. 

Feel free to download this infographic and share it with your patients. The more they know, the better we can treat their condition and keep them healthy.

Dr. Patel was on the cover of Dental Sleep Practice magazine

Did you catch Dr. Patel and Rose Nierman on the cover of Dental Sleep Practice magazine this spring? You did? That’s OK because we have it right here! Check it out! 

Did you also know that you can also access the full magazine online? You can. Here is the full magazine

Inside the magazine is an article, “A Journey into Dental Sleep Medicine & Craniofacial Pain,” which is about Dr. Patel’s journey as a dentist. He is a dentist that other professionals look up to as an expert. Through the creation of his practice, he continues to provide his patients with the best care possible in the areas of dental sleep medicine and craniofacial pain.

Dental Sleep Practice sat down with Dr. Patel to learn more about his journey. You can read the full article here.

Why do dentists, physicians ignore AHI number recommendation?

When told blood pressure is this number, we pay attention. When we are told AHI is this number, we don’t care. Why is it that we take this number so lightly? I think this is just as important to pay attention to as any other condition. Just as we care about BP measurements, we should also care about apnea hypopnea index, or AHI. I can’t say exactly why the AHI number recommendation goes ignored. But to help, let’s take a closer look at what AHI means for sleep apnea and our patients.

What is AHI?

It is the average number of combined apneas and hypopneas per hour. This helps to determine the severity of a person’s sleep apnea. Here is what to look for:

  • Normal sleep: Fewer than 5 events per hour.
  • Mild sleep apnea: 5 to 14 events per hour.
  • Moderate sleep apnea: 15 to 29 events per hour.
  • Severe sleep apnea: 30 or more events per hour.

While this scale is only for adults, children tend to be less likely to experience sleep apnea episodes. However, most specialists see an AHI above 1.5 as abnormal in children. They typically need treatment if their AHI is 5 or higher.

Treating sleep apnea

Patients with moderate or severe AHI scores may need to use a CPAP machine while sleeping. However, as many of you know, not all of our patients are adherent to the CPAP or can’t tolerate it. When this is the case, it is important to identify oral appliance therapy as an alternative treatment for their sleep apnea.

Lifestyle changes might also be something that you, or their physician, discuss. These changes will often include weight loss, exercising, smoking cessation and changing sleeping position, such as flipping from the back to sleeping on the side or stomach. These lifestyle changes are especially important for those with mild sleep apnea to try to minimize health comorbidities.

What are some ways to improve understanding of AHI numbers and how we can help our patients? I am open to hearing what you all do to continue to help your patients with sleep apnea.