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Buckingham dentist provides oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea

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In June, Philips Respironics issued a recall notification for an estimated 3 to 4 million bi-level PAP, CPAP and mechanical ventilator devices in response to potential health risks related to the sound abatement foam component in these devices.
Philips is advising patients using affected BiLevel PAP and CPAP devices to discontinue use of their device and work with their physician or DME provider to determine the most appropriate options for continued treatment.
Dr. Laurie Stanell, a Buckingham/Holicong dentist, and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, provides oral appliance therapy to treat obstructive sleep apnea and is working with local physicians to ensure patients receive treatment during the recall.
“Sleep apnea significantly impacts daytime sleepiness and quality of life, and many patients rely on CPAP as a treatment,” said Dr. Stanell. “To ensure that they continue to have treatment during this recall, those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea should know that oral appliance therapy is a proven, effective treatment option.”

Oral appliance therapy uses a mouth-guard-like device worn only during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. Qualified dentists like Dr. Stanell are trained to provide a high level of care to patients, collaborate with physicians and manage follow-up care.
“Dentists trained in dental sleep medicine work in conjunction with physicians and recommend a specific oral appliance based on a patient’s personal needs,” said Dr. Stanell. “The important thing for patients to remember is that oral appliances should always be custom fit by a trained dentist who provides follow-up care to ensure maximum effectiveness.”
To learn more about obstructive sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy, visit aadsm.org/for_patients.php.
Tri-State Snoring and Sleep Center is located at 4950 York Road in Buckingham Green Shopping Center. Oral appliances for Sleep Apnea are covered by many medical insurances and Dr. Stanell is a Medicare provider.


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