When someone comes into his office thinking they have sleep apnea, Dr. Gary Radz, a dentist in Denver, Colorado with Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado, will do a quick survey, called an Epworth Survey, to see if there are enough factors to determine if further testing is warranted.
Dr. Radz says that dentists get involved in treating sleep apnea because they can offer patients an oral appliance. Only a dentist can fabricate the oral appliance and take the impressions and make the calculations to make the device to help open the patient's airway. After the physician and sleep lab determines if the patient has sleep apnea, that's where Dr. Radz gets involved in treating the patient and getting them fitted for an oral appliance.
Dentists have a unique advantage in the role of treating sleep apnea because as they're always working in the mouths of patients, they can see in the back of their throat the entire time they're working. They can see enlarged tonsils or a big tongue and know they've might have trouble sleeping and many times, will just ask the patient if they are experiencing any sleep-related problems. Dr. Radz works really hard with all of his patients to screen them to see if they may have sleep apnea and not even know it. In diagnosing sleep apnea in patients who may be unaware they have a problem, Dr. Radz feels he may be able to extend their lives significantly.
Dr. Gary Radz is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, a featured network of Sequence Media Group. Dr. Radz practices dentistry in Denver, Colorado at Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado. Sleep Better TV provides online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content.