We’re hearing and learning more about it. The rise of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) in communities is at a staggering high. It’s estimated nearly 100 million people have OSA, a disorder which causes the breath to cease during sleep, some experiencing up to a minute without breath. What’s more dangerous than actually having the disorder? The side effects associated with OSA span from depression, high blood pressure, fatigue, higher risk of heart attack and stroke, memory loss, as well as irritability and even death. Dental Sleep Medicine education company, Sleep Group Solutions, provide training to dentists offering treatment for snoring and sleep apnea.
With OSA awareness becoming more prevalent, doctors and companies like Sleep Group Solutions are taking a stand on the fight against OSA. Advanced technology, education, in office training and leading industry seminars-Sleep Group Solutions is helping dentists treat patients with OSA. Doctor partnerships, such as that with Dr. Tache from Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers help to raise awareness and lower the dangerous side effects of OSA. “When we help our patients breathe without obstruction, we see vast improvements in their health. Those suffering with symptoms of depression, anxiety, fatigue and blood pressure problems seem to drastically decline, if not disappear.” Says Dr. Tache on successfully treating OSA to overcome other health issues.
Like many dentists, Dr. Tache began to incorporate Sleep Medicine after patients began to express problems with their CPAP. He noticed a strong correlation between patients with TMD problems (Orofacial and TMJ pain) and disorders of sleep. It compelled Dr. Tache to seek additional education on the matter, and he attended a Sleep Group Solutions Dental Sleep Medicine Seminar.
Dr. Tache has treated many patients with OSA. One patient in particular proved the severity of OSA and its side effects, if remained untreated. “A woman was referred to me for TMJ. She had been previously diagnosed with Bi-Polar Depression, and mentioned awakening with severe jaw, head, and neck pain. After treating her with appliances, she would get a little better, but still in pain and experiencing even more uncontrollable depression.” Dr. Tache went on to suggest the patient seek a sleep study, as there had to be an undiagnosed sleep and breathing problem. The patient complied, and the results proved she had OSA (severe level). She was urgently treated by Dr. Tache with advanced technology (Eccovision Airway Acoustics: SGS). “This treatment brought her apnea down to safe levels, and nearly eliminated her depression as well as extreme fatigue. She later told me her depression was most likely due to her severe untreated obstructive sleep apnea. She is a most grateful patient.” Dr. Tache explains.
Thanks to the efforts of Sleep Group Solutions and dental partnerships such as Dr. Tache, the treatment of OSA is more readily available, and dentists across the country are stepping up to help those in need. For more information on sleep apnea, and information on how to attend a sleep medicine seminar, please log onto http://www.SleepGS.com.
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 College in Manchester, NH, and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1974. 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 worldwide with large seminars such as; Medtrade, Sleep Societies, and Sleep Group Solutions 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.
About Sleep Group Solutions
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. SGS offers the latest screening and diagnostic equipment solutions for patients who present with allergy, sinus congestion, rhinitis, deviated septum, nasal polyps, snoring and sleep apnea. Most procedures are reimbursed by Medicare and private insurance. 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.