Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). 

Elmhurst Cosmetic Dentist

Elmhurst, IL, Chico, Ca.  Gerard Valcarenghi, MD, MPH, a specialist in pulmonary medicine and respiratory critical care, and Ivan Valcarenghi, DDS, FWCM, cosmetic & neuromuscular dentistry, have joined hands to educate professionals and the public regarding the dangers and health problems associated with snoring, sleep disordered breathing (SDB), and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  It is estimated that only 50% of the 40 million people whom are adversely affected, have been diagnosed.  The American Academy Of Sleep Medicine (www.AASMnet.org) and the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (www.AADSM.org) have determined that dentistry, specifically oral sleep appliances in addition to traditional methods of treatment with Bi or CPAP are effective in treating snoring, OSA, and SDB’s. Dentists also have the advantage of seeing more patients and are an excellent gateway to helping patients.  Heart disease, traffic and motor vehicle fatalities, endocrine disorders and even stroke have all been associated with SDB’s.  As brothers, Dr. Gerard & Dr. Ivan feel this is an opportunity to bridge the health gap between the professions and will cooperate and collaborate to help professionals institute sleep medicine into dental and medical practices as well as to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with sleep disordered breathing.  For more information, please contact: info@drivansmiles.com and www.drivansmiles.com.