Free Sleep Apnea Screenings Offered in November

Again this year, we are offering free Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) screenings during the month of November. This is our way of giving thanks for all the blessings which we have received during the year, and it is our hope that we may potentially save a life by providing this service.

 Sleep apnea is a serious condition with potentially life-threatening side effects. Most people are not at all aware of this condition and certainly do not think that it affects them.  People who have Obstructive Sleep Apnea are at risk for various medical conditions including:

  •  Adult onset diabetes (the #1 growing disease currently in the US!)
  • High blood pressure (especially when resistant to treatment)
  • Anxiety and depression
  •   Daytime sleepiness
  •  Heart attacks and strokes
  •   Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)

In addition, OSA patients are prone to daytime sleepiness which places them at risk when driving. Also, these patients may struggle with diet-resistant weight gain.  Such patients frequently lose significant weight when treated for their sleep apnea condition.

If you have any of the above symptoms or conditions, or have been told that you snore or stop breathing while asleep – or you just sleep poorly – perhaps finding out if sleep apnea is the problem may be the prudent thing to do. The screening is very quick and easy. It involves a history form and a brief examination, after which a preliminary diagnosis can immediately be made.

This offer is available to all of our patients as well as their friends, family, and coworkers. Please take advantage of this service! The first step is to determine if you are at risk for sleep apnea.   Once a diagnosis is established, there are various ways to control the condition, allow you to sleep better, live healthier and feel great!

Call us at 908.359.6655 or visit our website at www.DesignsForDentalHealth.com to schedule your free screening.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Richard M Nadler DMD, FAGD and the Designs For Dental Health Team

Happily Ever After: A Snoring Appliance Leads to Love

Editors Note: This story is from a peer of ours who attends our same post-doctoral institute. We all know about the dangers of drunk driving; but, in fact, sleepy drivers are perhaps more dangerous and more common!  The patient described in this story realized he needed a snoring appliance for just that reason.  In the end, it helped him far more than for just getting a restful night’s sleep to drive safer…

I will never, make that NEVER, forget the second “snoring device” I ever made was for a guy sitting in the next operatory. He overheard me as I was describing the first snoring device I had ever made.  He came into the room and said, “I have to have one of those!  I just fell asleep during a red light on my way over here!”

This was 1984-5 and this was a “Snoring Appliance”.  I was, to indulge in some understatement, blithely unaware of all the health-related issues that this entailed.

While discussing his problem at the appointment the next day, he looked at me in that vulnerable, sleepy-eyed, basset hound way and said words to this effect: 

“Doc, I am serious about a woman. We have both been married and divorced, and have been dating for a couple of years. We think it is the real thing and we want to get married. We really love each other. So, we took the trip of a Lifetime together to Hawaii. It was a wonderful trip except………

 

the first morning I woke up and there was a note on her pillow:

 

Dear XX,

I love you dearly.  But, I cannot marry you and sleep in the same bed with you because of your snoring. I am in room #201, call me to discuss this.

 

Doc, can you help me?”

Well, I made him the appliance that I knew at the time. And it, luckily, stopped him from snoring. I got a call from the newly wed Mrs. XX, who called and said, graciously, “Thank You”. She also shared with me what a dilemma she faced when confronted for the first time as an adult sleeping with a freight train sound next to her. And that this crazy device saved their relationship and they got married after all!

THE END

True story.  And because it happened so early in my efforts, I have always believed we can help, at least in some way or another.