Dentist Dr. Roy Hakala, St. Paul, Minnesota Explains the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines
Dr. Roy V. Hakala, founder of the Minnesota Craniofacial Center in St. Paul, MN, is the Dental Director of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines. In this report, he discusses the academy’s mission and functions.
Dr. Hakala explains that the ACSDD is the only truly interdisciplinary sleep academy. Most academies are highly specialized and include practitioners from only one field of medical or dental practice. The ACSDD takes the opposite approach. This is important because “sleep disorders do not exist in isolation.” Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can cause or aggravate a variety of medical problems, including hypertension, congestive heart failure, COPD, hypercholesterolemia, high blood sugar in diabetic patients, gastroesophogeal reflux disease, thyroid dysfunction, anxiety, irritability, depression, and chronic pain.
The effective treatment of sleep disorders involves a host of people, including sleep physicians, sleep technologists, dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, chiropractors, physical therapists, ENT specialists, endocrinologists, neurologists, psychologists, and oral facial mycologists. The ACSDD provides a place where members of all of these disciplines can learn together.
The ACSDD offers live and online educational opportunities. Dr. Hakala points out that there is no substitute for live, in-person learning where the attendees have the opportunity to talk with each other and ask questions of the leading experts in their fields. This is what happens at the ACSDD’s annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona every September.
The ACSDD has online and on demand courses that are high quality, affordable, and easily accessible. It gives a learner the opportunity to gain relevant information any time and at almost any location.
The Academy also has a very accessible credentialing program. The availability of online, on demand courses reduces the time demand and expense of traveling to training courses. And the Executive Director of the Academy is accessible by phone to all Academy members.
In addition to other things, the Academy offers its members the opportunity to participate in Sleep Better TV, a video marketing program that “grows the members’ practices through geo-targeted marketing.” The Academy also offers its members a very low cost credit card processing service and other helpful services.
Dr. Roy V. Hakala graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1975 and has been working in the field of TMJ disorders and obstructive sleep apnea ever since. He established the Minnesota Craniofacial Center, P.C., specifically for the treatment of these disorders in 1994. Dr. Hakala is, among other things, a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.