Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Can be Fatal. It is also linked to strokes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other diseases and conditions. Physicians prescribe Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) masks; the Gold Standard. When learned first-hand by IADMD® Founder, Jack Ryan, DMD, from his patients, reasons why they don’t use CPAP: “cumbersome,” “invasive,” “loud,” “bacteria-collecting masks and hoses” “attached to machines,” etc., this lack of compliance became a grave concern. Dr. Ryan believed CPAP may well be the Gold Standard, but if it is not being used at all, or, as medically directed, these type patients can die. Dr. Ryan researched and studied Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM) and sought out several of the best Instructors for our Mini-Residency to help IADMD®’s mission of saving lives through dentistry with vision that no one suffers or dies from a condition or disease that could have been prevented..
Because of the importance of everyone learning there are dental options for alternatives to the CPAP mask and machine, etc., we are currently expanding this knowledge for dentists to help more patients.