Yep! New research has found that patients who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. To help patients who suffer from OSA, Dr. Tiffany Dudley and the Spodak Dental Group team are offering complimentary consultations to offer education and treatment options. An estimated 22 million Americans suffer fromRead More

 

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on June 21, 2021

Sleep Apnea and COVID-19 Are Connected?

Yep!

New research has found that patients who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection. To help patients who suffer from OSA, Dr. Tiffany Dudley and the Spodak Dental Group team are offering complimentary consultations to offer education and treatment options.

An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with the majority of these cases still undiagnosed. Helping patients who suffer from sleep apnea is one of the most life-changing treatment options we offer at the Spodak Dental Group, and our team is committed to helping patients not only treat their sleep apnea, but also help sleep apnea patients reduce their risk of COVID-19 infections.

Spodak Dental Group Sleep Apnea

“Treating patients who suffer from sleep apnea is one of the most important services we offer as dentists,” said Dr. Tiffany Dudley, general dentist at Spodak Dental Group. “With the additional short- and long-term complications associated with the COVID-19 virus, it’s even more pressing to help our patients and future patients manage their sleep apnea.”

The new report, based on more than 80,000 health records, suggests positive airflow pressure therapy can reduce a patient’s risk of infection. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a very common and potentially life-threatening medical disorder that occurs when the soft tissue in a person’s throat repeatedly collapses and blocks the airway during sleep. These partial reductions and complete pauses in breathing can last up to 30 seconds and can occur as many as 100 times per night, which lead to a lack of oxygen to a
person’s organs.

Untreated OSA increases a person’s risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, memory loss and more. Both men and women of any age or body type can suffer from the condition.

Dr. Dudley is offering complimentary sleep apnea screenings and 30-minute virtual consultations for anyone who feels he or she might suffer from sleep apnea. Please click here to schedule a consultation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

A child of the heartland, Dr. Tiffany Dudley graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. After finishing dental school, she moved to South Florida where she completed her General Practice Residency at the Veterans Hospital in Miami. There she served as Chief Resident until joining a practice in the Florida Keys. Committed to the idea of comprehensive dental care, she was drawn to the visionary team approach to dentistry pioneered by the Spodak Dental Group and joined the team in 2009. Dr. Dudley is the first dentist in Delray Beach to earn the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Qualified Dental distinction. In addition, in 2019, Dr. Dudley became an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate. Earning Diplomate status from the ABDSM is a unique honor that recognizes special competency in dental sleep medicine. Both of these distinctions continue to advance her role in the treatment of sleep-disordered breathing for the benefit of her patients.


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