Dentist Richard Dunn of Chemung Family Dental Stresses the Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea to Lessen the Risk of Stroke

PR-Logo-Businesswire (1)ELMIRA, N.Y., Sep 12, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Recent research by the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center has added to the growing evidence that people who suffer from sleep apnea have a higher risk of stroke. The study also concluded that for someone who has already had a stroke, they are less likely to have another stroke if their sleep apnea has been treated.

“At Chemung Family Dental, we have become experts at treating sleep apnea,” says Dr. Richard Dunn. “Because of the serious health risks caused by central and obstructive sleep apnea, we urge everyone who may be suffering from sleep apnea to get diagnosed.” Chemung Family Dental offers a sleep apnea risk assessment on their website.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea actually stop breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing is called an apnea. Apneas typically last between 10 and 20 seconds and can occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour.

Nearly 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep foundation. Research shows that, if left untreated, sleep apnea increases the risk of serious health problems that include high blood pressure, dementia, diabetes, depression, skin melanoma, heart attacks, and the worsening of adult congenital heart disease (ACHD).

“Treating sleep apnea is easier than ever before,” explains Dr. Dunn. “We now offer the convenience of an at-home, overnight sleep study to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Once diagnosed, if a patient is a candidate for this treatment, we use the latest intraoral dental appliance with comfortable materials that help them get the restorative sleep they need while lessening the risk of serious illnesses.”

Dr. Dunn and his dental team practice comprehensive dentistry. Services include children’s dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, crowns, bridges, dentures, implants, restorations, Invisalign (R), root canals, extractions, and nitrous oxide analgesia for the patient’s comfort. Dr. Dunn is a leader in the area of dental implants and has been performing them for more than 25 years.

To learn more about treating sleep apnea or the other dental services provided at Chemung Family Dental, visit

SOURCE: Chemung Family Dental

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