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Dr. Kent Smith talks to us about the dental management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Episode 27

Dr. Kent Smith – Frito Lay Sanitation Expert and

Education:

  • Lubbock Christian University B.S. Biology
  • Baylor College of Dentistry 1985
  • Extensive continuing education with over 200 hours each year (12 hours yearly are required)
  • LVI Global continuum

Certifications:

  • Diplomate American Board Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation
  • Oral Sedation
  • CPR / Basic Life Support

http://www.21stcenturydental.com/smith/credentials.html

Sleep apnea

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/understanding-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome

 

Links from Kent about sleep duration and timing:

www.med.wisc.edu/news-events/sleep-apnea-associated-with-higher-mortality-from-cancer/37687
www.ub.edu/web/ub/en/menu_eines/noticies/2012/05/074.html
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130507061137.htm
www.journalsleep.org/ViewAbstract.aspx?pid=28927
onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.25507/abstract
jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/93/20/1563.full
aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/164/6/549.short

 

The reason for sleep?  “washing the brain” perhaps

Snoring – a potential first sign of Apnea.

The Elbow Test:  http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleID=1755025 

Hypertension?

Weight and Age are the highest predictors for sleep apnea.

Diagnosis of Apnea requires a sleep study…types are discussed.

Description of mild, moderate and severe Apnea.

PAP therapy explained.

Can cranial osteopathy cure sleep apnea?

Silent Apnea – must be ruled out!

Adjunctive treatments discussed.

Alternative therapies – truth and consequences.

Apnea in kids and growth…tonsils?

Tooth grinding?

The dentists role in helping to treat sleep apnea.

Resources:

http://www.aadsm.org/

www.sleepdallas.com

App – Best sleep Hygiene – get it!

WOD:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acatalepsy