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The Answer to Better Sleep and Better Health for 2015 May Be in the Dental Office

January 18, 2015

Filed under: Long Island Dentistry — drsherman @ 8:14 pm

Regularly getting a full night’s sleep can help achieve health-related New Year’s resolutions, such as losing weight and lowering stress levels. For the many Long Island residents losing shut-eye to snoring and sleep apnea, a visit to our office may be the unexpected sleep solution needed to help accomplish their New Year’s resolution. In fact, many of our patients have already begun sleeping more soundly after consulting a dentist about their snoring and sleep apnea.   Loud and frequent snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which causes people to stop breathing from a few seconds to more than a minute at a time. These breathing pauses are repeated throughout the night, occurring up to hundreds of times during one night of sleep in severe cases. OSA is a potentially life threatening condition that can increase the risk for a number of serious health problems from stroke, high blood pressure and heart disease to diabetes, obesity, depression and impotence. Most people don’t know they can start 2015 on the right path by consulting Dr. Sherman about snoring and sleep apnea treatment. As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), Dr. Sherman can provide a treatment called oral appliance therapy, which uses a custom-fitted mouth guard-like device worn during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. Oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, which are the traditionally-recommended treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP includes a face mask, tubing and a constantly running motor. According to the AADSM, up to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or tolerate CPAP. For many, oral appliance devices are more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. The devices also are quiet, portable and easy to care for. Health solutions can be found in surprising places. Most people don’t know that a dentist can help treat snoring and sleep apnea, which can put them on the right path toward a healthier, happier New Year. Oral appliance therapy is highly recommended for people with mild to moderate OSA. Once a patient is diagnosed with primary snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea by a board-certified sleep physician, a dentist practicing in dental sleep medicine can provide treatment with oral appliance therapy. If you or a loved one snores loudly, OR if you have not tolerated CPAP therapy for any reason, OR to learn more about oral appliance therapy or to schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 516-538-1100 and we will schedule a free initial consultation to see if oral appliance therapy could help to alleviate the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Dr. Gary C. Sherman, D.M.D. is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He will work closely with your family doctor and the sleep physician of your choice to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.   About The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), established in 1991, is the only non-profit national professional society dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. The AADSM provides educational resources for dentists and promotes the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing.

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