Someone, somewhere, sometime ago, came up with the term Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) which is used hundreds of thousands of times every day to describe something which many doctors simply do not understand.
It is a meaningless combination of words which do not make any sense. If “SLEEP” disordered breathing, then everyone who tried to sleep would have a breathing problem – and this is simply not so.
Yet – because of its widespread usage – both medical and dental practitioners, as well as the general public has come to accept that this is a fact, and true, and therefore are prepared to comply with the discomfort, expense and inconvenience of having to sleep with invasive machines and mouthguards, and other appliances – in order to treat their ‘sleep’ problems.
The reality is that the person’s dysfunctional breathing was largely created during the 75% of the time he/she was awake, and the process of lying down, having muscles relax, sleeping with open mouth and on ones back – simply made the dysfunctional breathing worse. It did not cause it.
If you just Google Sleep Disordered Breathing you will see how vague the concept really is and how many different definitions there are – none of them making much sense at all.
What is has done however, has been to create a multi billion dollar industry in invasive machines and devices which do NOT address the cause of the problem, and, as has been widely documented, have the potential to cause unacceptable unintended consequences as a result of the unnatural intervention.
It is now time to reveal that the Emperor is in fact buck-naked and to start to accept the reality of the situation that such terms as “Sleep Medicine”, “Dental Sleep Medicine” and “Sleep Dentistry” really have very little to do with Sleep.
Much of today’s medical science is brilliant in the field of acute trauma management and saves countless lives on a daily basis. When these acute interventions become routine daily maintenance, that is where the problems start – and this is unfortunately the way many chronic health conditions are now being managed.