New York, NY (PRWEB) March 3, 2008
Most Americans will lose an hour's sleep on March 3, when the nation springs forward to Daylight Saving Time. While for many, this is nothing more than an annual inconvenience, for about 18 million Americans sleeplessness due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a way of life. And its consequences can be destructive, even deadly. Dr. Laurence Barsh, the founder of Quietsleep.com is available to speak to reporters about the dental solutions available to many patients who suffer from OSA.
March 3 -9 has been designated National Sleep Awareness Week by the National Sleep Foundation, and is an ideal peg for coverage of this topic. It's both a medical and lifestyle story that's relevant to those who suffer and their partners, especially when snoring comes into play. To speak with Dr. Barsh, call 718.938.2501.
From the dugout to the driver's seat, Sleep Apnea is increasingly to blame for everything from poor athletic performance to traffic accidents. Scientific reports have also linked cardiac death during sleep to snoring and sleep apnea, in addition to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even erectile dysfunction.
Baseball player Craig Hansen recently talked about how having the condition prevented him from getting signed to a multi-million dollar contract by the Boston Red Sox. Despite stories such as his and news about how OSA has contributed to the death of other well-known people, most of the estimated 18 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea remain undiagnosed.
Quietsleep.com is a website dedicated to educating the public about snoring and sleep apnea and the role of dentistry.
Quietsleep's® founder, retired dentist Dr. Laurence Barsh, says, "Because of the enormity of this public health crisis and the severity of the consequences, every medical specialty should play a role in the screening for obstructive sleep apnea. Dentists, because of their regular recall of patients, are ideally suited to for the role."
Quietsleep.com's mandate is to encourage every dentist to screen their patients for sleep apnea and to provide information to the public and to those dentists who are qualified to participate in treatment.