The Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES) is an easy-to-use, cost-effective, and innovative tool that can be used in any home. It’s a hands-on and effective tool that dentists can utilize to provide patients with personalized diagnostics. It can assess everything from snoring volume to quality of sleep and even how the patient was sleeping (on their side vs back/etc), and the resulting data can be plugged into any computer via USB. Of course, our comprehensive sleep education seminars will help you to learn how to interpret this data, in addition to helping you recognize other signs of undiagnosed sleep apnea.
At Sleep Group Solutions, we provide more than just general sleep education. We provide dentists with the tools and skills necessary to provide patients with continued support before, during, and after their sleep apnea diagnosis. That includes implementing a “home sleep protocol” that helps patients assess their risk of sleep apnea from the comfort of their own home. No need for uncomfortable testing facilities or impersonal staff. This unparalleled level of convenience and precision results in better patient outcomes while ensuring patients are still serviced by board-certified sleep MDs.
What Is A Home Sleep Protocol And Why Is It Useful?
While a dentist may not be able to officially diagnose sleep apnea, they can understand the signs of symptoms that their patients are displaying and assess how at risk they may be. That includes setting up an at-risk patient with a device such as the ARES unit.
It should be noted that some patients (especially women, as they are less likely to be used to headwear) may find themselves having some difficulty falling asleep with the device. You might want to advise that your patient accustom themselves to the ARES unit by wearing it a few hours before bedtime, allowing themselves time to adjust and relax.
Note: If the data gathered during one night is not sufficient, a “split-night” protocol may be the appropriate action to take.
Once the data is sufficiently gathered and an official diagnosis is given, you can assess if the root of a patient’s apnea is due to mouth positioning and/or is causing certain dental issues. At that point, you as the dentist can intervene by providing proper oral appliances that can help reposition the mouth to prevent snoring and treat bruxing that was caused by the condition.
Want To Become a Better Sleep Apnea Dentist? Look No Further Than Continuing Education Seminars At Sleep Group Solutions
You don’t have to settle for CE classes that give the bare minimum. With our continuing education courses for dentists, you will be well on your way to implementing a cost-effective sleep protocol into your practice. Our quality seminars, on-demand webinars, and testing devices are designed to help you optimize your practice and increase its profitability. Before you know it, our sleep apnea training for dentists will give you the tools you need to help hundreds of people with underlying sleep issues, and open up a whole new revenue stream for your practice.