The Skinny on Obesity in Illinois

The OSA and Obesity connection is discussed in the Sleep Group Solutions Sleep Seminar, with Dr. Anjoo Ely in Chicago, IL on May 20-21, 2016.

(Chicago, IL) According to recent statistics by Governing The States and Localities, Chicago residents are 34.3 percent overweight, and 27 percent obese.  Numerous studies linking obesity to OSA are evident, and Chicago residents also report 24 percent of zero physical activity in their daily routines.  Dentists have an opportunity to learn live with Dr. Anjoo Ely in Chicago on May 20-21, 2016 at the Doubletree in Rosemont.

Dentists are commonly the first line of defense in identifying possible sleep apnea patients, and Sleep Group Solutions teaches dentists how to implement a sleep apnea protocol.  Chicago area dentists and hygienists are encouraged to attend the Dental Sleep Medicine Lecture.  “Obesity has reached epidemic proportions and has long been considered a dominating factor in as many as 50 percent of OSA patients.”  says Dr. Anjoo Ely, instructor for Sleep Group Solutions, and dentist at Novi Oaks Dental in Novi, MI.  

 During the SGS two-day lecture in Chicago, Dr. Ely will discuss a bilateral association with obesity and sleep disordered breathing. Neck circumference, which is a surrogate marker for obesity, is also predictive of OSA:  >17” neck for males and > 16” neck for females.  “We know that the multiple arousals associated with OSA interrupt the endocrine system in such a way that many hormones associated with obesity, appetite, and metabolism are affected.” Dr. Ely discussed this association, as well as other indicating factors.

With an evident bilateral association between obesity and sleep disordered breathing, screening patients who are obese or have high blood pressure, diabetes, or who snore, are of utmost importance.  “Weight loss is also recommended as a treatment option for the management of OSA, but with limited success.”  says Dr. Anjoo Ely. Depending on the severity of the OSA, many cases can be effectively treated with an oral device, which keeps the airway open during sleep, allowing for airflow and oxygen.

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About Dr. Anjoo Ely

Dr. Ely received undergraduate training at the University of Western Ontario with a study focus in actuarial sciences. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Dental School 1997, one of the best in the country. Upon graduation Dr. Ely was a clinical instructor at the University of Michigan Periodontology Department. She has been a dentist for over 15 years and has been through several post graduate courses in different fields of dentistry since receiving her DDS degree. She is a Member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Ely’s passion for Dental Sleep Medicine stems from her loss of her father at a young age due to suspected undiagnosed sleep apnea. Her passion is not just treating sleep apnea but also doing her due diligence as a dental professional by aiding in the screening process.

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 and online marketing for CPAP Intolerant patients.  SGS is the manufacturer of the Eccovision Systems Rhinometer and Pharyngometer, and offers Home Sleep Testing devices.