The Future of Sleep Apnea

In late April, Heartland Dental held its first sleep apnea course with over 100 supported doctors and their team members in attendance. Developed as the result of collaboration between APP-NEA and Heartland Dental, as well as the success of a pilot study on the adaption of the digital and cloud computing platform for dental sleep medicine (DSM), the live course was developed to introduce Heartland Dental supported dentists on APP-NEA's proprietary automated, adaptive analytics and machine learning algorithmic MAD-FIT process. The goal was to guide supported dentists in learning the process to help them start screening and treating patients in their practice immediately after the course.

Drs. Gerald Awadzi and Shahid Sharar played a vital role in the process of creating the sleep apnea course along with Dr. Singh, who affiliated with Heartland Dental in 2013 says that he first became interested in sleep apnea following his anesthesia fellowship.

"Staying relevant in a highly competitive, rapidly changing environment such dental healthcare is important because we face new challenges and regulatory demands every day in our office, which makes our environment particularly difficult. By incorporating new procedures, techniques and technology, we are rewarded with things much greater than just financial success - it is also our ability to provide better patient care than before, and sleep apnea is no different," said Dr. Awadzi.

"My curiosity lead me to research the "apnea" phenomenon, it's pathophysiology and understand why a significant percentage of general population patients when not under sedation, during normal sleep would experience similar physiological response similar to what I was noticing with certain sedated patients, this dangerous and life-threatening condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)," said Dr. Singh. Now the co-founder, CEO and Scientific Director of APP-NEA, a biotechnology firm that specializes in informetric, data analytics and end-to-end practice solutions for dentists and physicians, Dr. Singh and associates are passionate about offering innovative solutions that will more effectively help patients who suffer from OSA and snoring.

"With proper education and practice, dental practitioners can screen their patients for OSA, refer them for diagnosis, and then treat with oral appliances. This will help not only their patients live happier, healthier and longer lives, but it will also bring an additional source of revenue and provide added professional satisfaction, "said Dr. Sharar.

Heartland Dental's first sleep apnea class allowed supported dentists and their teams to learn about the most current methodologies on clinical management of OSA with oral appliance therapy (OAT) and implementation of predictable step-by-step DSM systems and processes into their offices' daily workflow. Currently, there are no other predictive analytical algorithms for OAT, nor are there any other comprehensive educational, clinical, administrative and business solutions with as high implementation and clinical success outcome and as cost efficient as APP-NEA's MAD-FIT.

Dr. Singh says it's important that practicing dentists stay up-to-date on the latest sleep apnea trends. "Staying relevant in a highly competitive, rapidly changing environment such dental healthcare is important because we face new challenges and regulatory demands every day in our office, which makes our environment particularly difficult. By incorporating new procedures, techniques and technology, we are rewarded with things much greater than just financial success - it is also our ability to provide better patient care than before, and sleep apnea is no different," said Dr. Awadzi.

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