Sharon and I are in Reno attending the third of 3 meetings about dental sleep medicine. As I have said in earlier blogs, I have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This Is a fast growing area of medicine and dentistry and this disease - OSA, is a deadly disease and is responsible for early deaths from heart disease, diabetes, among others. Needless to say, I am very passionate about this disease, and screen all of our dental patients for this deadly disease.
Sharon and I met two of our best friends, Steve and Joy Cobb, in Reno for this dental meeting. We met Steve and Joy 33 years ago in the Air Force. Steve and I were both dentists in the Air Force, right out of dental school. We have stayed close for 33 years and try to get together every year. Steve is a dentist in the Dallas area and is also very interested in dental sleep medicine.
This sleep meeting covers three days and is the culmination of a 9 day mini-residency in dental sleep medicine. At this meeting, we are hearing from physicians; (ENT's, heart doctors, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, MD sleep specialists, eye doctors, and CPAP technicians) about how OSA is treated from their prospective. As I said, this is the fastest growing area of medicine and we are all learning how to treat this deadly disease.