Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) September 11, 2012
SleepTest.com along with dentists across the nation are teaming up to bring our “first responders” who suffer from sleep disturbances, the opportunity to receive a free in-home sleep test. An in-home sleep test is an alternative to spending the night in a sleep lab and gives an individual the opportunity to record breathing patterns in the comfort of his/her own bed. As part of the campaign, SleepTest.com is working with board certified sleep physicians to attain a diagnosis for sleep apnea sufferers.
SleepTest.com is dedicated to helping those police officers and fire fighters who test positive for sleep apnea, find an appropriate and effective treatment option. “These are people that save lives and help those in need,” President of SleepTest.com, Elias Kalantzis said. “We want to do our part to shed light on any potential problem and help them to find treatment so they can continue to protect and serve the public.”
In commemoration of the anniversary of 9/11, SleepTest.com and dentists across the nation will begin their efforts to get our “first responders” tested and treated. “We feel this is the perfect time to give back to those who help us the most,” Kalantzis said. “We will begin by contacting local stations and move our efforts across the nation.”
The most recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, indicated that one third of all police officers suffer from a sleep disorder. The study also indicated that most of the officers were not aware that they were suffering from sleep apnea and therefore we not being treated. In addition, it showed that the most common sleep disorder was obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Sleep apnea has been linked to many different health-related problems, including cancer and is potentially fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “OSA increases the chances of a heart attack, stroke, type-2 diabetes, obesity, brain damage, and depression.”
Dentists are now able to be part of the treatment team for mild to moderate sleep apnea sufferers. They are able to treat sleep apnea through the use of oral appliance therapy (OAT). Dentists offer OAT through creating a custom fabricated mouth piece that is similar to a retainer. The mouth piece is custom fit and works by repositioning the jaw and pushing the tongue forward or by restraining the tongue to keep airway open.
“The effects of this condition can not only affect their job performance, but also take their life,” Kalantzis said. “It is our mission to help as many officers and fire fighters as we can in every state.”
SleepTest is an online resource dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of untreated sleep apnea and treatment options for those suffer from it. The goal is to offer a free preliminary online screening that can help identify people who may be at risk for this rapidly growing sleep disorder. This preliminary screening is quick and easy, and can be completed in about 5 minutes. SleepTest.com has partnered with dental sleep medicine giant, Sleep Group Solutions (SGS) to help offer the most comprehensive dental sleep solution in the industry.