Recently Dr. Sosenko attended the Advanced Educational Fall Course of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to completing the advanced course Dr. Sosenko chaired and developed an educational segment to advance practice administration skills of dentists committed to the practice of dental sleep medicine. Improving communications amongst physicians, dentists and other health related providers is needed to help those suffering with snoring disturbances as well as those suffering with obstructive sleep apnea that are CPAP intolerant.
Here are just a few of the key messages of this year’s Advanced Dental Sleep Medicine course:
- Patients with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s Disease that have untreated obstructive sleep apnea, may be at risk for earlier and more severe symptom onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It is best to treat apnea early.
- Kids that snore and have behavioral issues may benefit from screening for sleep breathing disorders. Studies have confirmed that treating these disorders can help prevent learning disabilities as well as improve school performances and demeanor.
- Oral appliance therapy remains a recommend treatment option based on the AASM Practice Parameters for mild to moderate OSA and for those with severe OSA who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. It is also the first line of treatment for patients with primary snoring or who do not respond or are not appropriate candidates for behavior measures treatment such as weight loss, or sleep position changes.
Dr. Lydia Sosenko is the first Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in DuPage County, Illinois. Dental Patients with loud snoring and diagnosed sleep apnea sufferers with difficulty tolerating CPAP should contact Dr. Sosenko at 630-369-5508 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Sosenko works closely with sleep physicians to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.