Dr. Richard recently completed an intensive continuing education course in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and snoring. OSA is a fairly common sleep disorder breathing problem that affects about 20% of adults. It occurs most commonly when there is an obstruction in the nasal, oral, or pharyngeal airway that causes the patient to stop breathing during sleep. This causes oxygen shortage to all parts of the body (Hypopnea). Daytime sleepiness is just one symptom.
An NIH Study in 2010 concluded that OSA increases the risk of stroke in middle-aged men and women. Other health related midcal conditions such as congestive heart failure have been associated with sleep disordered breathing (Journal of Cardiac Failure, 2007). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine stated in 2006 that Oral Appliances are indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate OSA. They are also helpful for patients who cannot wear the CPAP device or are unable to lose weight. Dr. Richad is qualified to treat mild to moderate OSA that has been diagnosed through sleep studies. Many medical insurance companies cover treatment of OSA.