It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed. 
If we accept the reports that a minimum of 80% of Sleep Apnea is undiagnosed, then only 20% is actually addressed in any fashion.

The undiagnosed may fit into these categories:

1. Patients have no idea that such a thing as Sleep Apnea exists.

       Hard to believe it but there are such people.
2. They know about, but have no idea that they suffer from, Sleep Apnea .
        “Isn’t snoring normal?”  “Doesn’t everyone wake up 4-6 times a night?”
3. They know they have the symptoms of Sleep Apnea but are in denial.
        I know a smart lawyer who insists sleep apnea does not exist. He tells me that I am “just as bad as [his] wife” who listens to him snore and gasp for breath every night.
4. They know they have problems but refuse to do anything about it.
       Some have heard horror stories about CPAP machines and simply do not want to take action. They need to learn about the oral appliance therapy (OAT).
5. Misdiagnosed Sleep Apnea.
        There is a lack of knowledge of sleep apnea among many health professionals.

It is very difficult to get these people to want to be screened and diagnosed by just telling them that something is wrong. It is necessary for them to “see” it for themselves and for them to adopt a top down approach – of their own volition.
The best way to do this is to educate them in the most simple, effective, non intimidating and cost effective way – we can show them films of OSA victims having sleep events.  We must find a way to get them diagnosed and filmed and then show them their results. This is an massive education deficit issue.


This year the week of March 6-12 was designated as Dental Assistants Recognition Week for the United States and Canada.
One clever dentist, Dr. Mark Boukzam of Deerfield, Florida,  gave his team a reward that will last a lifetime. He trained his loyal team in Dental Sleep Medicine. “We realized that many of our patients were suffering from sleep apnea and I wanted to be able to help them.”, Dr. Boukzam said.  After receiving training in the Sleep Group Solutions’ seminar, he implemented a program where every staff member could benefit from helping their patients enjoy healthy, life-supporting sleep. “By involving every member of my team in screening and interviewing our patients,” Dr. Boukzam adds, “I am able to show them that I view them as total health care professionals. They helped me build this dental practice and I want to share the success with them.”
Liz, the practice’s Patient Care Coordinator says, ” After 15 years in dental practice this is the most rewarding service I have participated in. I feel I am truly improving the quality of life for my patients.. and in fact, saving lives.”
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There is no greater gift we can give ourselves than to help our fellow men and women.
  The theme for this year’s event was “Our mission is to serve, our passion is to care,”
Dental Assistants’ Recognition Week
  Each year, dentists take a week to honor dental assistants for their role on the dental team, recognizing their broad spectrum of duties and highlighting their often unheralded contribution to quality dental care. The American Dental Assistants Association, American Dental Association, Canadian Dental Assistants Association and Canadian Dental Association jointly recognize the observance. Dental assistant associations, dental assisting schools, and U.S. Army and Air Force dental clinics all join dental offices in honoring dental assistants during this designated week.
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We “Spring forward” at 2 AM Sunday night, March 13 and lose an hour of sleep.

Are you planing to get to bed one hour earlier? In order to fulfill the essential number of regenerating sleep cycles an adult requires 7-8 hours of healthy sleep.

Do you sleep soundly or sleep with sound?

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Are you keeping your partner awake?


Sleep Awareness Week, which takes place this year March 6-13, is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. The week begins by the announcement of the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America and ends with the clock change to Daylight Saving Time, where Americans lose one hour of sleep. This week, focus on sleep education and Sleep Dysfunction screening.

If you are a Dentist consider helping the 34% of your patients that have a sleep breathing disorder. Learn how: