Why did you get into sleep dentistry?
Just over the past year or so, I’ve become more interested in sleep apnea and the significant impacts it can have on our patients’ quality of life. As I started looking into it more, it became something that I felt really passionate about and it just kept growing and developing. Once you understand what you need to look for, you realize there are a lot of patients who potentially have sleep apnea and don’t know it, or have been unsuccessful with CPAP. It’s opened up a whole new realm of therapies that we have to offer to our patients. We are treating the entire patient as opposed to just the mouth.
How has MATRx™ plus helped your practice?
Learning about the MATRx™ plus really removed the mystery and intimidation factor of not knowing how a patient is going to respond. Suddenly, sleep felt much more accessible and doable than it had previously. Having the tools to identify and screen patients made the process seem very achievable, and gave me the confidence to dive into something that previously seemed so intimidating. Since we don’t have a long titration process and used to use trial and error, we can now say to a patient, with a great deal of confidence, “Absolutely, this is something that will work very well for you and this is your therapeutic position so we can get you there quickly.” It’s been something that the entire practice has really become quite interested in and passionate about.
What kind of patient responses have you received?
Patients are really intrigued when you spend the time to show them some of the sleep reports and thetechnologies and what the machine can do for them. They also really appreciate knowing up front whether or not this is a treatment that will work for them. It’s a large investment and previously we were asking them to take a big leap of faith. Patients are now asking “why is my dentist asking about how I sleep”, they’re seeing us take a much more holistic, thorough look at their health. There are so many health impacts related to untreated sleep apnea, including heart, memory,and concentration problems.
What would you say to a colleague who is considering MATRx™ plus for their practice?
For us it’s been some of the best money we’ve invested in our practice. I think what we do is important and has value; however, as dentists, we’re used to being one of those evil necessities of life that people just sort oftolerate. But when you fit patients with these appliances, and for the first time in years they’re sleeping and they feel great, they are so happy to see you and grateful for what you’ve done for them. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences professionally in my life. It’s a fabulous feeling to know that you’ve had such a positive impact.
Dr. Saleema Adatia, DDSSymmetry Dental