Michael Gelb, DDS Joins Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC: Dr. Gelb, Who Treats Snoring and Sleep Apnea Patients With Oral Appliance Therapy in his New York City Dental Office, Emphasizes The Need for Physicians and Dentists to Work Together for The Health of Their Mutual Patients
NEW YORK, NY, January 19, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In these stressful times, a good night's sleep has become especially valuable, and increasingly difficult to get. Snoring and sleep apnea (a medical problem where the airway collapses during sleep) rob people and their bed partners of the rest they need to face their daily challenges.
45% of the population snores and 20 million people in the United States alone have sleep apnea. Of these, only 10% have been diagnosed and treated; and of those treated, some cannot tolerate their prescribed medical device known as CPAP (continuous positive air pressure supplied through a nasal mask) - which supports the airway during sleep.
Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC was formed to alert the public to the medical dangers and social hazards of snoring and sleep apnea, and to introduce an alternative treatment that can be provided by specially educated dentists for patients who cannot wear their CPAP units and those who may prefer an oral appliance.
Small, comfortable, dental mouthpieces that hold the lower jaw in a forward position have been proven to support the airway to prevent collapse, and have been approved as a primary treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea - and, as an alternative to, or in conjunction with CPAP when needed.
Dr. Michael L. Gelb of New York City is now affiliated with Snoring Isn't Sexy. Dr. Gelb is a Clinical Professor at NYU College of Dentistry, and the Founder and former Director of the TMD and Orofacial Pain Program. He performed research at NYU on the role of oral appliances in snoring, sleep apnea and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome at the NYU Sleep Center.
Gelb, a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, says practicing dental sleep medicine is the most gratifying work he's ever done, particularly when combined with pain relief - and a collateral effect of improved appearance. "I told one patient that he might live 10 years longer. He came back and told me that he felt 15 years younger...In another case, the wife of one of my patients started remembering her dreams again. The couple, to this day, still thanks me for saving their marriage," says Gelb.
More information about snoring, sleep apnea and Dr. Gelb can be found at his web site at MichaelGelbDDS.SnoringIsntSexy.com.
About Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC
Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC was founded in 2008 by Laurence I. Barsh, DMD, a dentist who has been involved with sleep medicine since 1992 and who now devotes full time to educating the public about dentistry's role and responsibility in the recognition and management of snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Barsh and the dentists associated with Snoring Isn't Sexy, LLC feel strongly that management of sleep-breathing disorders is a shared responsibility of both the medical and dental professions.
Snoring Isn't Sexy,LLC consists of independently owned and operated affiliated offices. Visit http://www.SnoringIsntSexy.com for a directory of all participating dentists.