Chicago Cosmetic Dentist
Elmhurst, IL: Dr. Ivan Valcarenghi, neuromuscular and cosmetic dentistry, has joined the American Academy Of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), a “brother” organization to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
Dentists are on the front line to evaluate, screen and treat patients for the potentially life-threatening problem of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a sleep disorder in which there is airway blockage. Subsequent health problems, such as increased hypertension, stroke and even death can occur.
Signs and symptoms can be subtle, such as snoring, excessive daytime yawning and sleepiness, easily falling asleep once inactive, decreased productivity, and impaired judgment, or more profound symptoms such as hypertension, stroke and even death can result. Patients may exhibit restless movements (Restless Leg Syndrome), moderate to severe snoring, periods of breathing cessation followed by gasping for air.
Dentists, in coordination with sleep specialists, whom are trained to help patients with this serious health risk can help patients obtain preliminary evaluation and even home testing as well as can offer oral appliance treatment for slight or moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea. For any questions, please call Dr. Valcarenghi at 630-834-8088 or visit www.drivansmiles.com.