Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sleep Well Illinois: Promoting Universal Sleep Apnea Screening inCariology and Internal Medice Practices

Sleep Apnea is a dangerous condition that can have advere effects on all aspects of patients live.  Sleep apneaa is usually easy to diagnose and treat but historicaly medicine has only diagnosed about 10% of patients. 

This is a crisi because sleep apnea can lead to heart attacks, strokes, Atrial Fibrillation, excessive daytime sleepiness, increased memory loss, marital problems, high blood pressure,  gastric reflux, ADD, ADHD and other problems,

Sleep Well Illinois is a new company promoting Universal Screening for Sleep Apnea in Physicians offices.  Learn more about Sleep Well Illinois at:


Utilizing a physician based screening program will save both patients and nsurance companies money and insure that the 90% of undiagnosed patients have approriate screening.
A home sleep study model will also be extremely effective in diagnosing the mild and moderate sleep apnea patients who respond amazingly well to comfortable oral appliance therapy rather than CPAP.

CPAP is still considered the gold standard for severe sleep apnea  but patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea usually prefer oral appliance therapy.  Even severe patients who do not tolerate CPAP  and utilize oral appliances do amazingly well in long-term outcome studies in cardiac patients.  These outcome studies show that oral appliances higher compliance rate more than offset superiority of CPAP in these patient.

The exception is in the morbidly obese population.  It is expected that more and more severe sleep apnea patients will opt for a comfortable oral appliance as their primary treatment.

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posted by Dr Shapira at 7:10 AM