Dental sleep medicine and telemedicine are evolving during the Covid19 pandemic. Dr. Avi Weisfogel, in a recent interview, describes how The International Academy of Sleep is encouraging dentists to treat sleep apnea through telemedicine.
COVID-19 pandemic is a global health crisis that has affected all business sectors, including dental sleep medicine. This unfortunate time has called all health sectors to work hand-in-hand to address not only the coronavirus itself but the terrible effects it could bring to people and their overall well-being.
The world is dealing with increased fear and anxiety, not only to those at higher risks such as the senior population and immune-compromised patients, but to people of all ages. Businesses are shutting down; social gatherings are highly discouraged, home quarantine is strictly encouraged, and, of course, the need to maintain proper hygiene – hand washing and all. How long will the situation be like this is a question that no one can answer as of the moment.
Business sectors in healthcare have had to adapt to the changes, which is exactly what The International Academy of Sleep is doing in their industry.
Avi Weisfogel, Sleep Apnea Treatment and Dental Sleep Medicine
Recently Dr. Avi Weisfogel from the International Academy of Sleep was featured on a radio show sponsored by Serenity Sleep. Listen to this informative interview with Avi Weisfogel to learn more about how dental sleep medicine is crucial for people suffering from sleep apnea.
Now, more than ever, is the time to take care of one’s health, and one way of doing so is to have an adequate sleep. With sufficient sleep, the body’s cytokine level is increased, a type of protein responsible for targeting inflammation and infections, thus, keeping the immune system in tip-top shape. Such proteins are produced and released during sleep, and without sufficient sleep, one could be an easy target of infection, including the dreaded coronavirus 2019 disease.
People in dental sleep medicine are concerned that many sleep patients would disregard their health because of their fear of contracting the virus. Social distancing is practiced as a way of limiting the spread of the virus, but ensuring sufficient sleep is vital too. However, sound sleep is hard to come by for people with sleep apnea and other sleep-related conditions.
The International Academy of Sleep knows the dilemma that sleep patients are currently facing. It is a problem not only by sleep patients but by dental sleep experts too. Given the current health scenario, people would hesitate to come to the dental sleep office for treatment. The telemedicine approach is now practiced to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the patients and the sleep centers. It is a way of continuously providing service and care to patients and, at the same time, limiting contagion without compromising patient care.
From a business standpoint, dental sleep professionals can still practice and operate their business without the need to be physically present. A telemedicine portal facilitates health check-ups without the need to be physically there, thus, limiting the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The telemedicine method of care is not new, as many have been using it, although not many patients are getting used to it. The entire world is in a health crisis, and the current situation calls everyone to come up with a way to innovate businesses, especially health sectors and e-commerce, in general.
Telemedicine is better than avoiding sleep testing altogether. Although, for the time being, services are in the form of telemedicine, rest assured that clients will still get top-notch health services. The emphasis is placed on patient education, especially about the risk-mitigation methods to avoid the consequences of untreated and unmanaged sleep apnea and other related sleep disorders. All recommended therapies should be continuously observed at home, such as positional therapy, weight management, controlling nasal congestion, and the use of the dental appliance.
About The International Academy of Sleep
The International Academy of Sleep is an organization that endeavors to spread awareness and understanding of this common and mostly undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorder.
Through our educational resources, IAOS strives to educate the public on sleep apnea, its iterations, symptoms, risk factors and treatments. And through our quarterly ADA-approved, CE-qualified Sleep Apnea Seminars and online educational portal Practice Profit , they empower dentists to successfully and profitably implement dental sleep treatment in their practices.
Contact The International Academy of SleepThe International Academy of Sleep
2400 Morris Ave
Union NJ, 07083