Dental practices are in a unique position to help patients realize the multiple benefits that come from reliably sleeping longer and better.
[By Dr. John Flucke] – Original Article by Dental Products Report Here!
When I was a kid, I loved the comedian George Burns. He and his wife, Gracie Allen, had been a vaudeville act, with George playing straight man to Gracie’s “ditzy wife” routine. They moved their act to television in the early days of that medium and were very popular until Gracie’s unfortunate passing at the age of 62. George lived to be 100.
A look at how far the dental industry has come from the analog products of the past, to today’s cutting edge technologies and materials, to visions of what dental products and practices might look like in the future.
Dental Specialty Products
Dental specialists have handled some of the biggest challenges requiring unique instruments and technologies specifically designed for the tasks at hand. Because these procedures required both specialized skills and equipment, they were handled by specialists rather than by general practitioners.
“The subject of sleep disorders intrigued me because I suspected that I may suffer from the condition. As a result, I took many courses on the topic and came across SleepArchiTx when I realized that I needed a full-service provider to help me launch a dental sleep medicine program at my office once we opened our doors.” – Dr. William Tycoliz
In 2017, America saw the destruction that Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm, brought upon Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and the Caribbean. To date, the storm caused an estimated $50 billion in damage and, according to the National Hurricane Center, is considered the fifth-costliest hurricane to hit mainland United States.
As all of us know, COVID-19 attacks the respiratory tract, and in severe cases the last treatment includes the use of ventilators. Earlier in the pandemic, however, the US had a shortage of ventilators. There was an attempt to convert Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines into ventilators. This came to a halt when it was determined that the use of CPAP machines could aerosolize COVID-19 through CPAP mask leaks.
According to a recent Penn Medicine study, researchers found that losing fat weight can improve the severity of sleep apnea that patients experience.
By losing bodyweight, patients are also trimming the size of the tongue. As you consider treatment options for your patients, the size of the tongue is an important component for the design of the sleep appliance you choose for the patient.