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GURNEE, IL, June 07, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Dr Joe Albert a Seattle area dentist and member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine is pleased to see the Academy hold its meeting in his home town. Dr Albert practices dental sleep medicine in his practice Distinctive Dentistry PLLC located in Edmonds WA. 98026. Dr Albert treats snoring and sleep apnea without the use of CPAP machines, hoses or masks and can be contacted thru his website http://www.seattle.ihatecpap.com/index.html . CPAP is considered the gold standard of treatment for sleep apnea but studies have shown that only 23-45% of patients tolerate the treatment. There are some excellent labs that report better results which are usually the result of a concerted effort of board certified sleep physicians and dedicated staff at sleep labs accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Even when patients are successful with cpap they average only 4-5 hours of nightly wear not the 7-7 1/2 hours that is considered ideal.
Patients who do not tolerate CPAP can be treated with comfortable oral appliances that are considered a first line of treatment for mild to moderate apnea along with CPAP. Oral appliances are an excellent method of treating simple snoring as well. Oral appliances are also considered an alternative to CPAP for severe apnea when patients do not tolerate CPAP.
Untreated sleep apnea is a serious disorder that can decrease the quality of life and lead to many adverse consequences. It is essential that patients with a history of snoring, gasping for breath, unexplained weight gain and high blood pressure be evaluated for sleep apnea. Find out more about the dangers of sleep apnea at http://www.ihatecpap.com/sleep_apnea_dangers.html or to learn more about some of the available oral appliances and other sleep apnea treatments go to http://www.ihatecpap.com/sleep_apnea_treatment.html .
Health Risks of Sleep Apnea include:
Loss of short term memory
High blood pressure
Memory and concentration impairment
Mood swings/temperamental behavior
A major concern with untreated sleep apnea is the reduction in reaction times associated with disturbed or insufficient sleep. Patients with untreated sleep apnea have a six fold increase in motor vehicle accidents (MVA's) and a 300% increase in MVA's involving serious injury to one or more people. It is vitally important to show concern for friends and relatives you suspect of having sleep apnea and to get them to a sleep specialist member of the AASM. Your concern could save their lives.
Dr Ira L Shapira is an author and section editor of Sleep and Health Journal, President of I HATE CPAP LLC, President Dato-TECH, and has a Dental Practice with his partner Dr Mark Amidei. He has recently formed Chicagoland Dental Sleep Medicine Associates. He is a Regent of ICCMO and its representative to the TMD Alliance, He was a founding and certified member of the Sleep Disorder Dental Society which became the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, A founding member of DOSA the Dental Organization for Sleep Apnea. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, A Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management, a graduate of LVI. He is a former assistant professor at Rush Medical School's Sleep Service where he worked with Dr Rosalind Cartwright who is a founder of Sleep Medicine and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr Shapira is a consultant to numerous sleep centers and teaches courses in Dental Sleep Medicine in his office to doctors from around the U.S. He is the Founder of I HATE CPAP LLC and http://www.ihatecpap.com Dr Shapira also holds several patents on methods and devices for the prophylactic minimally invasive early removal of wisdom teeth and collection of bone marrow and stem cells. Dr Shapira is a licensed general dentist in Illinois and Wisconsin.
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