It’s very rewarding when patients come into my office and thank me for changing their lives.
Riverside, IL (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
Dr. Gilbert LaFemina, D.D.S., educates his patients daily on the severity of proper sleep health and the consequences of untreated sleep apnea. On May 7, Dr. LaFemina is sharing this information with local community members by organizing a medical discussion on The Dangers of Snoring and Untreated Sleep Apnea. The event is free to the public and will be held at the Hinsdale Library, located at 20 East Maple Street in Hinsdale at 5:15 p.m.
WebMD describes symptoms of sleep apnea as “waking with an unrefreshed 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. LaFemina.
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. LaFemina added, “It’s very rewarding when patients come into my office and thank me for changing their lives.”
Dr. LaFemina brings relief to people suffering from sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy (OAT). He offers OAT through creating a custom fabricated mouth piece that is similar to a retainer. The oral appliance works by gently holding the jaw and tongue forward, thereby opening up the airway. The oral appliance 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. It is also a viable solution for people who frequently travel and those in the military.
To learn more information or to schedule a free consultation, call 708-447-6670 or visit http://www.drlafemina.com/. 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. LaFemina – Dr. Gilbert LaFemina has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. He graduated from Loyola University Dental School and has been awarded Fellowship status from the Academy of General Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, the Chicago Dental Society and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He has successfully completed training at the Midwest Implant Institute in Columbus, Ohio and the Eubank Institute of Plano, Texas. Dr. LaFemina remains committed to furthering his education to be able to offer the most current treatments
for his patients.
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 five minutes.