Sleep Apnea with Dr. Dunn
Dr. Richard B. Dunn, DDS is the only board certified Diplomate of the ABDSM (American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine) in our entire region, including Pennsylvania. In addition, he serves as a Director on the Board of the ABDSM. He has lectured locally as well as nationally in the field of Sleep Medicine and has co-authored and published in this field in Annals Of The American Thoracic Society. Dr. Dunn is presently working on another topic on the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with OAT (Oral Appliance Therapy) for publication. He collaborates with other leaders in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine routinely. He is a member of the AADSM (American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine) and the ATS (American Thoracic Society).
Dr. Dunn works in a “Team Approach” with all physicians which he feels is the only way to successfully treat and manage his sleep patients. He routinely receives patient referrals from all the Board Certified Sleep Physicians at the following hospitals: Arnot Ogden, Ira Davenport, Guthrie (New York and Pennsylvania), Cayuga Medical Associates, Schuyler and University of Rochester and refers to these specialists as well. He is most proud of his affiliation and professional relationships with the Sleep Physicians and the hospitals which will improve patient care and outcomes.
At Chemung Family Dental, Dr. Dunn and Jessica Turner, C.D.A. (who helps to oversee our Sleep Services) will provide our patients with the most advanced sleep services including appliance selection, monitoring and recall for effectiveness of treatment and education.
We accept Health Insurance and participate with Medicare (Part B) to cover your treatment. To send any information including medical records by you or your medical team, please fax to 607-734-6103 or email to email@example.com
Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Richard Dunn, DDS or Jessica Turner, C.D.A. with any questions you may have. We look forward to helping you.
What health problems can sleep apnea lead to?
If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to an increased risk of serious health problems including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure, heart attacks and irregular heartbeat
- Worsening of ACHD
What area side effects of sleep apnea?
Side effects of untreated sleep apnea may be poor performance in everyday activities such as school and work as well as motor vehicle accidents. This is largely due to the inability of the body to have deep restful sleep that is required for normal function as well as deprivation of oxygen to the brain and the body.
How do you treat sleep apnea?
In mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea there are a number of behavioral and lifestyle changes that can be made to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea.
Lose Weight – this helps to open up the throat and the breathing airways
Quit Smoking – smoking contributes to sleep apnea by increasing inflammation and fluid retention in the throat and upper airway.
Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills and sedatives – these all act to relax the muscles in the throat and interfere with breathing. It is especially important to avoid these things before bedtime.
Avoid caffeine and heavy meals within two hours of going to sleep.
Avoid sleeping on your back. Instead sleep on your side or stomach. Sleeping on your back, due to the effects of gravity, allows your tongue and soft tissues to drop or move back obstructing the airway. Open your nasal passages at night by using nasal dilators, breathing strips or saline spray.
If the above methods do not work, or your apnea is more advanced, it may be necessary to seek further medical care.