According to the CDC, 25-30 percent of all Washington State Adults are Obese

Numerous studies linking obesity to OSA have dentists attending dental continuing education courses with Sleep Group Solutions, to learn screening and treatment methods for snoring and sleep apnea patients.  Seattle Dental Sleep Medicine lecture is on February 20-21 with Dr. Daniel Tache.


Obesity has reached epidemic proportions and has long been considered a dominating factor in as many as 50 percent of OSA patients.  A 2014 CDC report in Washington state concluded 25-30 percent of adults are obese, while 62 percent are overweight.  Dentists are attending dental continuing education seminars with Sleep Group Solutions, to learn their role in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.  The Seattle, Washington course is February 20-21 at the Edgewater Hotel, Dentists and Hygienists are encouraged to attend.  Leading Sleep expert, Dr. Daniel Tache will lead the course.

With an evident bilateral association between obesity and sleep disordered breathing, screening patients who are obese or have high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, or who snore, are of utmost importance.  “Neck circumference, which is a surrogate marker for obesity, is also predictive of OSA.  Weight loss is also recommended as a treatment option for the management of OSA, but with limited success.”  says Dr. Daniel Tache, an instructor with Sleep Group Solutions, who is lecturing at the Seattle Dental Sleep Medicine seminar.  Multiple arousals associated with OSA interrupt the endocrine system in such a way that many hormones associated with obesity, appetite and metabolism are affected.  “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.”

With the help of technology and continuing education, more dentists are beginning to treat Sleep Apnea effectively. Dental Sleep Medicine companies such as Sleep Group Solutions offer advanced acoustic imaging, home sleep testing, in office training, instrumentation, and seminars to raise awareness of OSA in the dental community.  “Doctors are screening a lot of patients with OSA through our technology and home sleep testing devices.  Awareness is definitely on the rise, and that’s the first step.’  says John Nadeau, Vice President of Sleep Group Solutions.  With a proven track record of success, education, and technology- the Sleep Group Solutions Protocol’s quickly becoming a standard in many dental offices around the world. 

During the two-day lecture, Dr. Tache will lead dentists on implementing a proper protocol for screening and offering treatment for Sleep Disordered Breathing.  Including, screening techniques, treatment options such as oral appliances, home sleep testing, working with physicians, billing medical insurance, marketing and much more.  To register for the upcoming Seattle sleep course, log onto  The course is 8am-5pm both days and is worth 16 CEU (PACE/AGD).

About Dr. Daniel Tache

A native of Salem, MA, Dr. Tache’ has been practicing dentistry since 1975. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Anselm’s College in Manchester, NH, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1974. Dr. Tache began lecturing for SGS in 2006 and served as President of the Wisconsin Sleep Society.

For 16 years, Dr. Tache’ was in private practice in Houston, TX and served as a guest lecturer and assistant clinical professor at the University of Texas Dental Branch. During that time, he trained dentists in the field of tempromandibular dysfunction and orofacial pain. In 1999, he moved to Wisconsin and has placed the emphasis of his practice on the diagnosis and treatment of orofacial pain and TMD in Appleton, Green Bay and Manitowoc. Dr Tache’ continues to lecture locally and nationally on the subjects of orofacial pain & sleep apnea and the pivotal role now placed by the qualified dentist in the management of these serious modalities.

Dr. Tache’ resides in Appleton with his wife, Kathlyn, and their four children, Rachel, Matthew, Jacob and Benjamin. He plays classical guitar, enjoys carving and has been a long-time referee for youth soccer organizations.