Doctors Team Up with GOA Wellness to Discuss the Dangers of Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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Doctors partner to educate the public as part of SleepTest.com's national sleep apnea awareness campaign.

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It’s very rewarding when patients come into my office and thank me for changing their lives and saving their marriages.

Doctors Marty Lipsey, D.D.S., M.S., and Karen Avantino, D.D.S., are passionate about saving lives and saving marriages. They educate their patients daily on the importance of proper sleep health and the consequences of untreated sleep apnea.

On April 25, Doctors Avantino and Lipsey are teaming up with GOA Wellness to share health information with local community members. The wellness event will be focused on the dangers of snoring and untreated sleep apnea with a discussion on the benefits of CPAP alternatives. The event is free to the public and will be held at GOA Wellness, located at 1740 Eureka Way, Redding, California at 6:30 p.m.

WEBMD describes symptoms of sleep apnea as “waking with an un-refreshed feeling after sleep, having problems with memory and/or concentration, feeling tired, experiencing personality changes, headaches, heartburn, a sour taste in the mouth at night, legs swelling, getting up during the night to urinate, and sweating or chest pain while sleeping.” Medical research has also recently linked untreated sleep apnea to larger health issues such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and fatality. “Understanding the medical ramification of what happens to people’s health when they live with untreated sleep apnea drives me to share sleep information with everyone around me,” said Dr. Avantino.

Treating sleep apnea has many benefits that range from the obvious cardiovascular benefits to the less obvious relief for second-hand snoring sufferers. This condition impacts the bedtime partner of a person with sleep apnea. The partner simultaneously experiences sleep deprivation due to the partner’s loud snoring and choking sounds at night. Dr. Lipsey added, “It’s very rewarding when patients come into my office and thank me for changing their lives and saving their marriages.”

Doctors Lipsey and Avantino bring relief to people suffering from sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy (OAT). They offer OAT through creating a custom fabricated mouthpiece that is similar to a retainer. The mouthpiece is worn while sleeping and works by slightly repositioning the jaw forward to help open the airway and allow for better breathing. The oral device is a treatment option for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and for those who are unable to wear their Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask. The oral device is also a viable solution for people who frequently travel and those in the military.    

In addition to the upcoming public awareness discussion at GOA Wellness, Doctors Avantino and Lipsey have reached out to local police stations to help officers live healthier, safer lives by offering free, private sleep health screenings. To learn more information about the events or the doctors, please call 530-710-9400. To find out if you are at risk for having sleep apnea, take a quick, five minute preliminary evaluation at http://www.SleepTest.com.

ABOUT DR. LIPSEY, D.D.S., M.S. - He has been an innovator, educator and leader in dentistry for over 25 years. Raised in Southern California, Dr. Lipsey attended U.C.L.A. for both his undergraduate studies and to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Lipsey received his Specialty Certificate in Endodontics and a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He has taught at the Northwestern University Dental School, University of Southern California School of Dentistry and the University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry. Dr. Lipsey has been honored by induction as a life member of the International Association of Dental Students.

ABOUT SLEEPTEST.COM - SleepTest.com is an online resource dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of untreated sleep apnea and treatment options. The goal is to offer a free preliminary online screening that can help identify people who may be at risk for this sleep disorder. The sleep test evaluation is quick and easy, and can be completed in about 5 minutes.

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