There are multiple OSA screening tools available for dentists. A very effective method to use for predictable and accurate screening in the dental setting is Pulse Oximetry. It provides objective data that can be used to make an informed decision about the need for a diagnostic sleep test while also ensuring that patients are at an ideal treatment position before referring them for titration tests.
Dr. Stacey C. Laymen a nationally recognized lecturer on Dental Sleep Medicine, will lecture on this important initiative at the upcoming Sleep and Wellness Conference April 21-22, Phoenix, AZ
Overnight Pulse Oximetry in the screening and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a very useful and affordable tool. A patients denial of a problem can prevent the necessary testing and treatment. Oximetry can help show these patients a problem that does indeed exist in an easy and non threatening way. It is also used to screen patients prior to sending them back for follow up polysomnography (PSG) or home sleep testing (HST).
- Using pulse oximetry to screen dental patients in hygiene.
- Using pulse oximetry to evaluate treatment outcomes prior to follow up sleep testing.
- Interpreting those overnight pulse oximetry studies.
- When to refer and when not to.
- Sequelae of disease in patients within a dental office and how often to screen.
For more information about the Sleep and Wellness Conference April 21-22, Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Stacey C. Laymen is a general dentistry practitioner in Glendale, AZ where she treats sleep patients in her practice.
Originally from Texas, graduated in the top of her class from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas and has completed hundreds of hours in continuing education with a strong focus on cosmetic restorative dentistry and sleep apnea. Dr. Layman is on faculty with Denmat and Dental Sleep Solutions and teaches dentists across the country how to place Lumineers and how to effectively treat sleep apnea using an oral appliance. She is also the Team dentist for Seattle mariners, and the dentist on call for Sonoran Living Live.