Dr. Sosenko lectures at the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Meeting, Scottsdale AZ

Dr. Sosenko at AADSM Dr. Lydia Sosenko returns from lecturing at the Essentials Course of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) in Scottsdale, Arizona.

There is nothing more fun than seeing dentists get the “dental sleep medicine itch”. Although I do like the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, there is something really special about the smaller courses designed for dentists just entering the world of dental sleep medicine. Once they hear how life changing it can be not only for patients suffering with snoring and apnea issues, but for dentists alike, they are often eager to learn more.

Being on the lecture podium with some of the world’s experts in sleep medicine is a very gratifying and humbling experience, one that I often look forward to. Some of the co-lecturing veterans included Gail Demko, president of the AADSM, Bruce Templeton, a dental sleep medicine surgeon pioneer. And Rob Rogers, the founder of what is now called the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Your Best Options for Defeating Your Snoring Problem

If you (and those around you) have long suffered with a snoring, but do not have an apnea problem, you’re probably looking for the best option to get rid of this problem once and for all. Let’s review your options.

  •  Weight loss

If you are found to have snoring and not have apnea, if you’re overweight, weight loss is a great place to start. Sometimes just 20 pounds difference can make a big difference in the world of snoring and apnea. That’s usually recommended at the beginning.

  •  Over-the-counter sleep aids

There are a lot of different types of over-the-counter sleep aids available, including breathe strips, back-avoiding devices, and different types of pillows. You might want to try something, especially if you’re not having apnea and you’re just snoring on your back. They train you to keep off your back.

  •  Retainers and mouth devices

Be very, very careful with devices like PureSleep and SnoreMender. I don’t recommend them at all. There’s lack of follow-up with those devices, and it’s pretty common to see changes in people’s bites, even speech, with using some of these appliances, because there’s really nobody to help guiding you as to the position and what to do to counteract these side effects. I know there are some physicians that are recommending them out there, but only for short periods of time.

  •  Professional oral appliances

Professional oral appliances are highly recommended for snoring, probably the best option. We urge you to seek somebody from the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, preferably a Diplomate. Those are dentists that are trained more than just a couple classes. They’ve actually taken tests and have built a relationship with the medical community based on snoring and apnea treatment.

Usually their expertise is far different than the general practitioner or general dentist, just as the sleep physicians and the general practice physicians. Typically the amount taught in dental and medical school is pretty minor compared to people who seek training through these academies. That’s the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and preferably a Diplomate.

These appliances are custom-made, and it’s important to work with an office that can help you prevent some of the side effects that can develop with these jaw retainers.

  • Surgery

Surgery is still out there and recommended by some ear/nose/throat physicians, but for just the milder cases the results tend to be pretty short-lived.

  • Or you can do nothing. I know that that leaves some relationships strained, misery in some people, so I definitely don’t recommend doing nothing for primary snoring.

Now if you do have apnea with your snoring, your treatment options are different. You really want to consult with a certified snoring specialist to make sure you’re treating the right problem in the right way.

Visit our site at www.TiredOfSnoring.com for additional free resources, or call 1-800-SNORING to either make an appointment at our office or get a referral to a certified specialist in your area.

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