Bethesda Dentist replies to Philips Recall Notification of Sleep Apnea Device
The FDA alerted consumers and healthcare providers that an estimated three to four million bi-level PAP, CPAP, and mechanical ventilator devices by Philips were recalled due to possible health risks. Affected devices were manufactured between April 2009 and April 26th, 2021. The polyester-based polyurethane sound abatement foam (used to reduce sound and vibration) can possibly break down and potentially enter the air pathway of the device. Black debris from the defective foam or various chemicals resulting from the defection could be released into the device’s air pathway and be inhaled or swallowed by the patient. Philips has advised patients to discontinue the use of the devices and to reach out to their healthcare providers to find different treatment options.
Local Bethesda, Maryland dentist Dr. Bernard Greenabum, DDS, has constructed alternative treatment plan options for his patients, such as positional therapy and oral appliances. Oral appliances are utilized to help sleep apnea patients. Sleep apnea is a disorder that involves interrupted breathing patterns during a person’s sleep and many patients rely on CPAP devices for treatment. Dr. Greenbaum wants to reassure his patients that oral appliances have been a proven treatment for sleep apnea and patients can continue to receive treatment during this recall without losing the quality of life. Oral appliances are worn overnight to allow patients to have an open, unobstructed airway while sleeping. Dr. Greenbaum specializes in sleep therapy and medicine, ensuring each patients’ oral appliance is properly fitted to create maximum results.
To set up an appointment to discuss sleep apnea treatment, please give Dr. Greenbaum a call to take the first step in getting better sleep.
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