Some 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders every night, and most of those go through life undiagnosed. Medical experts say that even though one out of every four people regularly fails to get a good night's sleep, most don't even realize they have a sleep disorder-and as a result, they may be putting themselves in a life-threatening situation. Dr. Shad Morris of Premier Sleep Solutions wants to help the many Americans not getting the right sleep, so Premier Sleep Solutions is offering free sleep consultations to the first 25 callers who mention Good Things Utah!
Premier Sleep Solutions in Salt Lake City and St. George specializes in providing oral appliance therapy for individuals suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Oral appliances can often be used as an alternative to CPAP (an acronym for continuous positive airway pressure) machines. Oral appliances are similar in appearance to bleach trays or mouthpieces, and are not connected to any type of external apparatus, nor do they require masks that touch the face. In some cases, oral appliances have proven to be as effective as CPAP machines in treating sleep apnea. According to Morris, "Research conducted over the past decade comparing oral appliances with CPAP reveals that oral appliances offer a great alternative to CPAP machines for those with mild to moderate OSA, although CPAP is the gold standard in treating cases of severe OSA. In my experience, many patients find CPAP machines to be so cumbersome and uncomfortable that they eventually refuse to use them."
He added that oral appliance use has been growing since 2006 when the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) issued guidelines for the use of oral appliances. These guidelines suggested that oral appliances should be a first line of treatment for mild to moderate OSA when a patient prefers oral appliances to CPAP and for severe OSA when a patient is unable to tolerate CPAP.
Oral appliance therapy is a dental therapy, and Premier Sleep Solutions is a dental practice focused exclusively on Oral Appliance Therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring. Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea.
Shad Morris is a diplomat for the American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA), a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and CEO of Premier Sleep Solutions LLC. As a diplomate of the ASBA, he is one of only a select group in Utah with such certification and credentialing.
Premier Sleep Solutions is approved to bill Medicare for the oral appliance treatment, and the oral appliance most often used by Premier Sleep Solutions is Medicare approved. Most medical insurance providers cover sleep-related treatments, so patients' out-of-pocket costs are minimal or even non-existent. Premier Sleep Solutions will bill patients' medical insurance as a courtesy.
Dr. Morris said, "If you have trouble sleeping at night, it could be more than just an inconvenience. In fact, you could be suffering from a serious medical condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has been linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and even depression. What's more, sleep apnea causes 38,000 deaths each year, and it's been estimated that 200,000 auto accidents each year are sleep related".
Morris added that anyone suffering from snoring, headaches, memory loss, daytime fatigue, reduced attention, poor concentration or driving drowsy should seek immediate treatment. For the first 25 callers who mention Good Things Utah, Premier Sleep Solutions will offer a free consultation. If, after the initial consultation, it's mutually determined that a patient needs additional treatment for their sleep disorder, Premier Sleep Solutions can provide the needed services.
To schedule an appointment for a free consultation, call Premier Sleep Solutions in Salt Lake City at (801) 639-9270 or in St. George at (435)319-4747 or visit www.premiersleepsolutions.com.
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