In the attendance of Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, at Dasman Diabetes Institute, Dr. Adnan Shihab Eldin, Director-General of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), the Obstructive Sleep Apnea Lab was inaugurated was inaugurated in collaboration with Sabah Al Ahmed Center for Creativity and Giftedness. The inauguration took place on Thursday, 17th December 2015 at Dasman Diabetes Institute (which was founded by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences). The Obstructive Sleep Apnea Lab was opened by Dr Abdulmohsen Ebrahim Al Terki, a Kuwaiti consultant in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck surgery, and the Chairman of ENT faculty, at Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialization (KIMS), who received a Patency on March 2013 from the United States patency office (USPTO) after almost 3 years of meticulous work.
This work was done under the umbrella of the Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), with the direct supervision and Guidance from Sabah Al-Ahmed Centre for Giftedness & Creativity which is one the arms of KFAS, and was established back in 2010.
The patency involves a new application and classification to help patients to be better diagnosed and treated in the area of the upper airway obstruction causing Snoring and that may develop later to what is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, can affect up to 4% of the population, which is as prevalent as asthma, but it is not easily diagnosed if compared to patients with asthma for example. To be clearer, 80% of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea do not know that they even have it.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is difficult to diagnose, so it will be difficult to treat as a result, or even worst you might get the false impression that you have treated the problem, but all you have done is you have turned off the alarm, but the disease is still progressing. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a slow process that can start with just simple snoring, but can have direct relation with lots of fatal diseases affecting the heart, and the brain, due to simply lack of oxygen while asleep. One of the diseases that also has a direct relation with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, is Diabetes, in particular type 2, which is prevalent in Kuwait and is increasing rapidly, in adults, as well as in children.
Due to this dilemma, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Dasman Diabetes Institute and Sabah Al-Ahmed Centre for Giftedness & Creativity to open a clinic under the supervision of Dr Abdulmohsen Al Terki, to follow up patients who have diabetes, but suspected of having Obstructive Sleep Apnea.