SICAT Air – 3D Airway Analysis, Patient Communication & Treatment Planning
Learn in this course how to analyze an airway, giving you crucial clues about a potential patient risk from respiratory issues such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Using the software’s visualization options, you will be able to explain the issue to the patient and create a personal handout that the patient can use for further clarification by a sleep physician, if necessary.
After this course, you will also know how to order the patient-individual therapeutic appliance SICAT OPTISLEEP with high wearing comfort.
- How to get started with SICAT Air
- How to analyze the airway
- How to edit airway segmentation
- How to customize sensitivity
- How to compare airways
- How to use the software for patient consultation
- How to order the treatment appliance SICAT OPTISLEEP
Clinicians working in dental sleep medicine who want to perform a 3D analysis of the patient’s airway for targeted treatment with an oral appliance as well as descriptive patient education.
Last Update: 2022-08-31
Introducing all main features of the software
How to use automatic segmentation & display relevant parameters
How to manually adjust the segmented area
How to define personal settings for color coding
How to visualize volume increase due to mandibular advancement
How to highlight findings and create a patient handout
How to place a SICAT OPTISLEEP order
For the second CBCT scan, used to fabricate the OPTISLEEP with the patient in therapeutic position, the patient should carefully bite on a George Gauge bite fork with registration material which brings him in a therapeutic position. Center the patient using the chin rest to stabilize the patient’s head.
Please note it is important not to cut off any dentition in this CBCT.
If you want to proceed without two CBCT scans just conduct a CBCT scan with the patient in therapeutic position as indicated by using your choice of bite fork, e.g. the George Gauge
- 3D CBCT system (note volume depending on use, OPTISLEEP order min 8×8, airway analysis min 10×11)
- George Gauge or other bite fork with determination of the degree of protrusion and as bite block for the CBCT scan
- Optical scans of entire upper and lower jaw or latest stone models sent to our laboratory
The AHI stands for apnea-hypopnea index. This index indicates the severity of the sleep apnea and is calculated from the number of nocturnal breathing pauses of the patient longer than 10 seconds within one hour. It is determined in the course of the sleep study examination. All therapeutic appliances represent long-term treatment and must therefore be worn every night.
If the symptoms do not improve with other interventions, this may be the case for the rest of the patient’s life.