Austin, TX (PRWEB) June 27, 2014
In today’s world, a good night’s sleep has become especially valuable, and increasingly difficult to get. Snoring and sleep apnea (a medical problem where the airway collapses during sleep and breathing stops) rob people and their bed partners of the rest they need to face their daily challenges.
Up to 45% of the population snores and 20 million people in the United States alone have sleep apnea. Of these, only 10% have been diagnosed and treated; and of those treated, many cannot tolerate their prescribed medical device known as CPAP (continuous positive air pressure supplied through a nasal mask) – which supports the airway during sleep.
Small, comfortable, dental mouthpieces that hold the lower jaw in a forward position have been proven to support the airway to prevent collapse, and have been approved as a primary treatment in mild to moderate sleep apnea – and, as an alternative to, or in conjunction with CPAP when needed. This treatment is called oral appliance therapy (OAT).
Snoring Isn’t Sexy® was formed to alert the public of the medical dangers and social hazards of snoring and sleep apnea, and to connect snorers and sleep apnea sufferers with a specially trained dentist in their area who can provide oral appliance therapy.
Brandon Hedgecock DDS, a Snoring Isn’t Sexy dentist in Austin, TX and Cedar Park, TX provides this treatment for snoring and sleep apnea patients. Dr. Hedgecock realized his childhood dream of becoming a dentist when he graduated from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio with his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (D.D.S.) in 2007.
Dr. Hedgecock is fervently continuing his training and education in order to provide a wide range of services such as IV sedation, extractions including wisdom teeth, and complex restorative cases. As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, Dr. Hedgecock has made a commitment to remain on the forefront of research and technology in order to provide the best treatment to his patients.
In 2014, Dr. Brandon introduced Oral Appliance Therapy and Sleep Medicine into his dental practices in South Austin and Cedar Park. Having family members diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Hedgecock was intrigued by the positive effects that treatment of this disorder has had on their lives. This encouraged him to seek training in the field of Sleep Dentistry so that he could provide the same benefits to his patients and community.
“Treating Sleep Apnea helps patients to feel better, live longer healthier lives, and saves marriages. It is by far one of the most rewarding things that I do in my practice,” says Dr. Brandon Hedgecock.
About Snoring Isn’t Sexy
Snoring Isn’t Sexy, a unique public awareness resource that seeks to educate the general public about sleep disordered breathing, provides up to date information about sleep apnea and the variety of treatment options available. Snoring isn't Sexy is committed to the welfare of patients who use our services to find a dentist who provides oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. The dentists associated with Snoring Isn’t Sexy dentists adhere to the protocols of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and believe in a team approach to treating patients.
More information about snoring, sleep apnea and Dr. Hedgecock can be found at his web site at http://www.snoringisntsexy.com/sleep-dentist/hedgecock-dental/index.
Snoring Isn’t Sexy® consists of independently owned and operated affiliated offices. Visit http://www.SnoringIsntSexy.com for a directory of all participating dentists.