Do you do one or more of the following?
- Snore at night?
- Wake suddenly during the night perspiring, choking or gasping for air?
- Wake in the morning with headaches or a sore throat?
- Fight falling asleep during the day, at work, or while driving?
- Feel irritable, have memory loss or a lack of concentration each day?
- Suffer with obesity?
- Have high blood pressure?
Sleep disorders are a silent epidemic affecting the world's population. The debilitating conditions of these disorders include insomnia, persistent sleep deprivation, restless legs syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea. Truly fortunate are those individuals who, over an average lifetime, will experience 219,000 hours of restful nocturnal slumber. But for more than one third of the population, each night becomes an endless battle of interruptions caused by lifestyle choices, work schedules or poor health.
Dr. Gettinger has helped many patients with dental appliances that successfully treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. These appliances work by keeping the lower jaw forward and the airway open. They are more comfortable than CPAP machines and are an appropriate treatment for primary snoring, mild, and moderate sleep apnea. Although the CPAP machine is the treatment of choice for patients with severe sleep apnea, oral appliances can be extremely helpful for the patient who does not respond or cannot tolerate the CPAP machine. Many patients simply prefer them.