Washington, PA (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
Michael F. Hnat, DMD, will be shedding light on sleep apnea, the health dangers, and possible treatment options for local residents. He will be holding a sleep apnea awareness event on September 26 at the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, located at 240 Wellness Way Washington, PA. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. There will be one-on-one interview and photograph opportunities, following the event.
In addition to the event, Dr. Hnat will be offering a free preliminary screening to all attendees. “It is more important than ever to spread awareness. I feel this opportunity can potentially save lives,” Hnat said.
Dr. Hnat, is one of a handful of dentists bringing relief to patients who are suffering from sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy (OAT). “My entire staff and I are extremely committed and passionate to helping those individuals who have or may have sleep-disturbed breathing and are searching for an effective therapy which they can tolerate,” Hnat said.
Dr. Hnat offers 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 the airway open. “OAT is a practical and proven first line treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea that is validated by medical specialists for mild to moderate patients or those who are CPAP intolerant,” Hnat said. “OAT must be completed by a dentist with specialized training in the field of dental sleep medicine.”
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when breathing repeatedly stops and starts during a sleep cycle. 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.” Recent medical findings have also linked untreated sleep apnea to cancer and dementia.
Dr. Hnat is the Director of Progressive Dental Solutions dental sleep medicine facility in McMurray, Pennsylvania. His facility is fully accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and was the first facility in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve that status.
Dr. Hnat has been in private practice for over 30 years. He has had advanced training and has numerous certifications in the field of dental sleep medicine which allow him the ability to confidently and successfully screen, refer and treat patients for snoring and sleep apnea. In addition, he is able to collaborate with many medical sleep specialists and sleep labs in the region to provide the best overall medical treatment for patients.
For more information on the event call 724-942-5630 or visit Dr. Hnat at http://www.progressivedentalsolutions.com To find out if you may be at risk for having sleep apnea visit Sleep Test to take an online questionnaire.
SleepTest.com 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.