The California Department of Public Health Lists heart disease and stroke, as the leading causes of death in the state of California. In 2010, heart disease attributed to 25 percent of adult deaths, and stroke attributed to 6 percent of deaths in the state. Making heart disease the number one killer, while stroke remains the number three killer in the state (American Heart & Stroke Association). Dental Sleep Medicine education company, Sleep Group Solutions offers continuing education lectures on the topic, to teach dentists how to screen and treat for snoring and sleep apnea, and discuss risk factors involved, such as heart disease and stroke. The Los Angeles lecture will be on November 15-16th at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport, dentists and hygienists are encourage to attend.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is often found in patients with obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, and there is growing evidence that sleep apnea is independently associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity, including heart disease and stroke. Dentists around the world are being trained on how to treat these patients, and commonly using oral devices, which keep the airway open, to allow oxygen in. Dental Sleep Medicine expert, and SGS instructor, experiences first hand the serious risk factors involved with untreated OSA. “"In my practice, the presence of heart disease, and even worse, history of stroke is an immediate referral to a sleep physician. In 100% of those patients, they have tested positive for moderate to severe sleep apnea!”. says Arizona Dentist, Dr. Stacey Layman who treats patients for sleep apnea. Dr. Layman will be instructing the Los Angeles course on November 15-16th. “It is essential for dentists to be involved in the screening of patients for sleep apnea. The most common signs and symptoms are found in the oral cavity!"
According to a study connecting Sleep-related Breathing Disorders and
Cardiovascular Disease, sleep-related breathing disorders are a group of conditions that range from simple snoring with sleep disruption, to the increased upper airway resistance syndrome, to sleep apnea. The study mentions sleep apnea may be associated with substantial cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and early recognition and treatment may be effective in reducing these complications.
It is important to have heightened awareness of symptoms and prevalence of OSA in patients with cardiovascular disease, as well in your general patient population. The OSA connection includes many risk factors such as; stroke, heart attack, GERD, Fibromyalgia, high blood pressure and hypertension. Dentists and hygienists interested in attending the Los Angeles seminar, can find more information here.
About Dr. Stacey Layman
Dr. Stacey Layman is a true believer in oral appliance therapy. After graduating from Baylor College of Dentistry, she moved to Arizona for an associate position and within a year purchased a modest family dental practice. Her practice has changed into a cosmetic and sleep disorder practice, and she can work less while keeping up production. Dr. Layman has appeared on ABC, NBC and CBS with a featured segment on treating sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. She is on the advisory board for DenMat Holdings and LLC and Nucalm. Dr. Layman is also the Team dentist for Seattle Mariners, and the dentist on call for Sonoran Living Live on ABC 15 and Your Life A to Z on 3TV. Dr. Layman is also an active member in over 8 dental associations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, American Academy of Sleep Dentistry and the Academy of General Dentistry.
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.