On June 14, Philips Respironics issued a recall notification for an estimated 3-4 million bi-level PAP, CPAP and mechanical ventilator devices in response to potential health risks related to the sound abatement foam component in these devices.
Philips is advising patients using affected BiPAP and CPAP devices to discontinue use of their device and work with their physician or DME provider to determine the most appropriate options for continued treatment.
APP-NEA provides software as a service to dentists and physicians who treat obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliances and is working with local physicians to ensure patients receive treatment during the recall.
“Sleep apnea significantly impacts daytime sleepiness and quality of life, and many patients rely on CPAP as a treatment,” said Dr. Shivdasani, MD. “To ensure they continue to have treatment during this recall, those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea should know that oral appliance therapy is a proven, effective treatment option.”
Oral appliance therapy uses a mouth guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. APP-NEA dentists and their teams are trained to provide a high level of care to patients, and collaborate with physicians and manage follow-up care.
“APP-NEA dentists and their teams are trained in dental sleep medicine and work in conjunction with physicians and recommend a specific oral appliance based on a patient’s personal needs,” said Dr. Singh. “The important thing for patients to remember is that oral appliances should always be custom fitted by a trained dentist who provides follow up care to ensure maximum effectiveness.”
To learn more about obstructive sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy, visit https://www.app-nea.com
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Dr. Pankaj P. Singh
Chief Scientific Officer: APP-NEA
Co-Founder & Faculty:Foundation for Surgical Excellence
Attending: Lenox Hill Hospital – Department of Otolaryngology; Division of Head & Neck Surgery and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Faculty: The New York Head & Neck Institute and Center for Facial Reconstruction
Editor: Journal of Oral Implantology
Editor: Journal ACTA Neurology
Contributing Writer: Huffington Post