Over three-quarters of the American population suffer from sleep related problems, mainly snoring. For the partner who doesn’t snore, lack of sleep is just as dangerous on your health as it is on your relationship. Sleep Group Solutions, a leading airway management company focusing in dental continuing education, teaches dentists how to screen and treat sleep apnea and snoring.
This Valentine’s Day, couples across the US will be indulging in chocolates, wines and rich dinners not regularly consumed. Come bedtime, the combination of alcohol and the compounds in chocolate have stimulating effects. Snoring is a common sign that you or your partner might have OSA, Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Dentists, such as Dr. Michael Hnat, a Pittsburgh dentist for over 30 years, is part of a tight knit group of dentists trained in the treatment of sleep apnea. Dr. Hnat has treated many patients with sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy, thus halting their apnea, and snoring. “Although research indicates that chronic snoring alone is linked to heart disease and the development of OSA, the impact that it has on a bed partner is reason enough to seek treatment. A simple oral appliance can keep married couples sleeping together in the same room as well as leaving ‘both’ feeling as if they had a quality night of sleep.” Dr. Hnat added, “Just this week I inserted a Respire sleep appliance on a female patient who told me she was getting it for her husband for Valentine’s Day!”
Sleep apnea disrupts the sleep of both the diagnosed and their partner, causing both to be sleepy and irritable during the daytime. A study published by Kelly Baron, PhD in 2009 found that disagreements and conflict in the marriage decreased for both husbands and wives after sleep apnea was treated. A good nights rest is in fact critical in a healthy relationship.
For Dentists interested in learning how they can treat sleep apnea, Dr. Michael Hnat will be lecturing in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl on February 10-11th. More details here.
About Dr. Michael Hnat
Dr. Michael Hnat is a 1979 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and has been in private practice for over thirty years. In addition to general dental procedures, Dr. Hnat dedicates a regular part of his clinical practice to oral appliance therapy and use of a Dental Laser. He has received advanced training and holds certifications for the use of specialty oral appliances-for snoring/sleep apnea and tension and migraine headaches, a Diode Laser – for soft tissue dental procedures, and mini-implants – for denture and oral appliance stabilization. Dr.Hnat is an active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Academy of Laser Dentistry and pursues ongoing advanced education in both areas. He is a member and preferred provider clinic of Sleep Group Solutions (SGS)-an international sleep medicine network- and a member of the Appliance Therapy Practitioners Association – a national dentist group skilled in providing oral appliances for TMJ and sleep apnea therapy. Dr Hnat speaks locally to community and civic groups on sleep apnea awareness and is part of the national speaker series for SGS educating dentists and other health care professionals on snoring and sleep apnea.
About Sleep Group Solution
Sleep Group Solutions is an airway diagnostic technology company serving the needs of physicians and dentists interested in screening, diagnosing and treating sleep apnea and other upper airway disorders. Sleep Group Solutions offers the latest screening and diagnostic equipment solutions for patients with allergy, sinus congestion, rhinitis, deviated septum, nasal polyps, snoring and sleep apnea. SGS offers the most comprehensive dental sleep medicine CE seminars in the industry focused on teaching dentists the protocols needed to make the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea part of their practice. SGS offers sleep study interpretation, oral appliances (Norad Boil & Bite, Respire), online directory 1800SleepLab.com and CPAP Alternatives Sleeptest.com. SGS is the manufacturer of the Eccovision Systems Rhinometer and Pharyngometer.