Tampa, FL (PRWEB) July 25, 2014
Dr. Dan Knellinger and Dr. Stacey Verkler of Knellinger Dental Excellence are raising awareness of the seriousness of sleep apnea this month by encouraging patients in the Tampa, FL area to take corrective action as soon as possible. There are many dangers that are associated with this condition, and while it must be diagnosed by a physician, it is possible for it to be treated through the use of an oral appliance.
Dr. Knellinger and Dr. Verkler understand the seriousness of sleep apnea and hope that raising awareness of this condition will motivate more people to either see a physician for diagnosis or to seek treatment. There are two types of the condition, obstructive and central. Obstructive sleep apnea is due to a physical blockage of an airway, while central is caused by improper signaling from the brain to the muscles with regard to breathing. Dr. Knellinger and Dr. Verkler are usually able to treat obstructive sleep apnea through the use of behavioral changes and dental appliances, which is welcome news to sufferers of the condition, especially those unable to tolerate their CPAP.
Since this is a problem that frequently goes undiagnosed for many years, it is essential that patients understand the risk factors that are related to this condition. Sufferers of gastrointestinal reflux, commonly known as GERD, may be at an increased risk, as are those who are overweight. Adults who are over the age of 40 are also more likely to develop the condition, particularly those with certain features that include a large tongue, large tonsils, or a small jaw.
Patients who are in need of a dentist near Tampa, FL and would like to explore their sleep apnea treatment options should contact Knellinger Dental Excellence to schedule an appointment for a consultation. The recommendation of the doctors will depend on a number of factors that differ from patient to patient, though both Dr. Knellinger and Dr. Verkler have found that their methods have been quite successful in treating this serious condition.
About the Doctor
Knellinger Dental Excellence is a general practice offering patients personalized dental care in Palm Harbor, Florida. As a father-daughter team and Palm Harbor natives, Dr. Knellinger and Dr. Verkler both attended the University of Florida and University of Louisville School of Dentistry. They are part of one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP® FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. Dr. Dan Knellinger also offers The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique™ for minimally invasive gum recession treatment. To learn more about Knellinger Dental Excellence and their services, visit their website at http://www.palmharbordentistry.com and call (727) 785-3383.