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Don’t Hibernate!  Learn about the  Impact that Sleep Related Disorders have on Dentistry.

As dentists, you want to do the right thing in every case for your patient. Understanding the impact that Sleep Disordered Breathing has on them will help you to know how to help. Given the dangerous effect of low oxygen saturation and the effect it has on the quality of their lives, it is of great importance. Adding this dimension to your practice will not only help your patients, it will also strengthen your relationships with them.

In social media, you can pick up all kinds of anecdotal testimony about how a simple appliance changed the quality of a person’s life. You have been regularly prescribing bruxing appliances, splints to protect the beautiful restorations you make and treating facial pain.  What is different if it’s a sleep appliance?  Nothing.  What do all these appliances have in common?  Everything.

Each one has the task of positioning the jaw or stabilizing it. Knowing the signs and symptoms of sleep disordered breathing can also be in your wheelhouse, so don’t be afraid to tackle it.  The ADA has recommended that every patient  be screened for airway obstruction.  See the link below in Sleep Review discussing the recommendation.

Here are a few CE programs and clinicians to get you started:

Nierman Practice Management

Sleep Review, ADA Recommendations:

Whip Mix Corporation Webinars



Shirlene O'Russa

Shirlene O’Russa, R.D.H. is Whip Mix’s Western Region Territory Sales Manager Shirlene (Charlie), began her career in dentistry as a dental assistant, then as a dental hygienist. After practicing dental hygiene for 18 years, Charlie started her own business by hosting dental education seminars while working as a Public Relations representative for Delta Dental of Illinois. Ms. O’Russa obtained a degree in Communications with a Minor in Marketing, from Bradley University in 2000. After graduating she started in a sales and marketing position with Dental Arts Laboratory. Charlie joined the Occlusion Division of Water Pik in 2007 where she became the Territory Sales Manager for the Western region of the U.S. Charlie serves as our resident expert on Sleep Dentistry in medicine. She is currently responsible for dental schools located in 22 states. Charlie currently lives in Peoria Illinois.

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