Sleep Diagnosis? 10-9
Approximately 70 million Americans have undiagnosed and untreated sleeping disorders. Dentists can act as a safeguard against these sleeping disorders, once a physician has evaluated and prescribed a plan of action for the sleeping disorder. Historically sleep has been thought of as a temporary death, but in the last two centuries many advancements in our knowledge of sleep have been made. The first found recording of a sleep disorder was of snoring in 1861 by George Catalain. Catalain observed that a more upright position while sleeping would cure the snoring. These sleep discoveries developed and progressed to get where we are today. There are over a thousand sleep centers in the U.S. alone. The first step to treatment for a sleep disorder is to have a sleep study so a diagnosis can be made.
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