Richard Bonato, PhD Talks About the Importance of Diagnosing and Treating Sleep Apnea
Richard Bonato, PhD, sleep researcher and a registered sleep technologist, says, “Sleep apnea causes you to die earlier. People with sleep apnea have a much higher risk for heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, gastro-esophageal reflux, gout, and a number of other disorders” … “People that have sleep apnea don’t breath properly at night” … “We can go weeks without food, days without water, but only a few minutes without air.” Dr. Bonato discusses the sleep dentist’s role in screening for sleep apnea, including visual exam showing scalloped tongue, abfractions, wear on teeth, etc; and questionnaires including snoring and Epworth Sleepiness Scale. He discusses home sleep testing, referral to a physician and to a sleep center, and the dentist’s role in treating sleep apnea.
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