San Francisco Dentists Follows The American Sleep Apnea Association Conference
Dr. Greg Larson, a San Francisco dentist, follows the American Sleep Apnea Association Conference as it helps businesses support employees with sleep apnea.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – The American Sleep Apnea Association held a session Oct. 24-25 to help employers give sleep apnea care to their employees. The session, called The Economic and Clinical Impact of Sleep Apnea, featured presenters who gave employers tools to implement actionable solutions for sleep apnea in the workplace.
Dr. Greg Larson, of the San Francisco dentists, understands the serious side effects of sleep apnea. Larson knows how to diagnose sleep apnea in his patients. His office practices pain free dentistry to make patients comfortable.
Conference attendees gathered at the Sheraton Baltimore City Centre to hear lectures and participate in discussions on the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
The ASAA estimates the yearly financial cost of moderate to severe OSA to be between $65 and $165 billion. These costs are greater than those of stroke, asthma, hypertensive disease and heart failure. The conference attempted to give employers solutions to treat sleep apnea and increase productivity in their employees. Attendees heard discussions on Oral Appliance Therapy, The Business Requirements for Technology Based Solutions, Sleep Surgery’s Role in Treating OSA, and OSA Basics and Current Research. OSA interrupts healthy sleep by stopping sufferers from breathing during the night.
The word “obstructive” describes a blockage in the patient’s airway. Doctors have found blockages in different parts of the airway, from the nose and throat to the mouth and windpipe. People with OSA often snore, gasp or choke during sleep. Many times the OSA sufferer’s partner is the first to notice the symptoms.
OSA can complicate other health issues. The ASAA reports that OSA sufferers have greater risks of depression, high blood pressure, sexual dysfunction and heart problems. Larson, a professional in cosmetic dentistry in san francisco, works with other doctors to determine OSA in his patients. Patients can be fitted for a custom orthotic to wear during the night.
These appliances help the airway stay open to encourage natural breathing. He and his staff provide a variety of dental procedures, including dental implants, Invisalign treatment, dental veneers and teeth whitening.
To learn more about Sleep Apnea and Larson Dentistry, visit http://www.larsondentistry.com/ or contact their office at 415-397-2804.
The Larson Dentistry team offers extensive dental care for San Francisco patients. Dr. Greg Larson stays current in his field by attending more than 200 hours of continuing education each year and mentoring other dentists worldwide.
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