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Michael Simmons, DMD presented a poster at the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Meeting
Date:6/14/2009

Michael Simmons, DMD of Tarzana and Palmdale in Southern California presented original research findings and poster abstract information that compared several home testing devices for evaluating severe sleep apnea at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in Seattle this month.

Seattle, WA (Vocus) June 15, 2009 -- Michael Simmons, DMD of Tarzana and Palmdale in Southern California presented original research findings and poster abstract information that compared several home testing devices for evaluating severe sleep apnea at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in Seattle this month. His findings showed that approximately 50% of subjects had a preference of one device over the other but overall satisfaction with the home testing devices was almost the same. Because of this, Dr. Simmons recommends that clinicians utilize more than one type of ambulatory device to accommodate individual patient preference.

Dr. Simmons also spoke to dentists in attendance about their responsibility in the recognition and management of sleep-disordered breathing. He told these practitioners that snoring and sleep apnea affect more than 40 million people in the United States directly and indirectly as loud snoring and breathing lapses often disturb bed partners. Dr. Simmons encouraged dentists to become involved in screening for these disorders and to increase their sleep medicine education so that they can treat these patients collaboratively with their physicians.

During his presentation, Dr. Simmons said "Research shows physicians most often have
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