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The Silberman Dental Group Newsletter August 2013

Dental CartoonSLEEP APNEA
Tired after a night’s sleep? Are you snoring loudly? Know the risks of sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that is potentially dangerous, and the most common symptom is snoring. Breathing will repeatedly start and stop throughout the night and you wake up feeling tired. The pauses in breathing typically last between 10 and 20 seconds and can occur repeatedly during the night. More time is spent in light sleep and less time in the deep, restorative sleep we need. Slow reflexes, poor concentration, depression, risk of heart attack, irritability, high blood pressure, memory loss, sexual dysfunction, and chances of stroke can occur when sleep apnea is not treated.

Anyone (including children) can develop sleep apnea, but it is more common among middle-aged adults who are overweight.

A snore guard is a common treatment for sleep apnea. It is a dental appliance designed to help avoid labored breathing. By bringing the lower jaw forward, the device opens the airway and helps with snoring. Dr. Silberman is experienced in sleep apnea appliances and can create a fitted device for you.

Have you tried the continuous positive airway pressure mask, known as CPAP and had trouble adapting to it? You are not alone! Try snore guard. It is more comfortable than CPAP. It may be covered by your medical insurance. We will help submit any insurance claims for you .

Dr. Silberman just completed a continuing education course which addressed sleep apnea in children. An evaluation can be performed by Dr.Silberman and, if necessary your child can be referred to the appropriate ENT physician. If you have any concerns and wish to speak to him about children with sleep apnea, please feel free to get in touch with him via email or leave a message for him to call you. His email address is:

August Is Back To School Month

As summer ends, it may be a good time for you to catch up on hygiene appointments or scheduling an appointment to have restorative work taken care of. Please remember:

Small restorative procedures, when taken care of immediately, are less likely to turn into major work. Let’s catch it while it is just a filling and it doesn’t turn into an infection or need for a crown.

If you are in pain, don’t nurse it with Advil, warm compresses or pain medicine. Come see us for a simple x-ray and an exam. Peace of mind and a professional diagnosis are always more settling than wondering what could be causing the problem.

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