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Michael Simmons, DMD to speak at California Dental Association Meeting
Date:9/1/2009

Dentist and Educator Dr. Michael Simmons is scheduled to speak at the California Dental Association meeting in San Francisco on September 10, 2009 on the subject of sleep disordered breathing, that ranges from snoring to severe obstructive sleep apnea. This is a hot topic for dentistry as the problem is largely unmet in the American population and dentists can have a great impact in helping manage these disorders.

(Vocus) September 1, 2009 -- Dentist and Educator Dr. Michael Simmons is scheduled to speak at the California Dental Association meeting in San Francisco on September 10, 2009 on the subject of sleep disordered breathing, that ranges from snoring to severe obstructive sleep apnea. This is a hot topic for dentistry as the problem is largely unmet in the American population and dentists can have a great impact in helping manage these disorders.

Simmons will address dentists and their staff in attendance about their responsibility in the recognition and collaborative care with their patient's physician. Practitioners will be informed that many more than 40 million people in the U.S. are disturbed directly or indirectly by the effects of loud snoring and breathing lapses. Dr. Simmons will encourage and teach the dental team how to screen for these problems and will validate that more than 1 in 7 of their patients may have sleep disordered breathing. He will share the avenues dentists have to co-treat these conditions, which include customized mouthpieces, jaw surgeries and orthodontic approaches.

Dr. Simmons will also touch upon the lack of education for physicians in identifying and treating all Sleep disorders including other big hitters like insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders. Research shows MD's most often have only about 2 hours of
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