Dr. Gerald Kaplan
In my 50 years in private practice, I have developed a holistic approach to the general health of my patients.
During the course of a routine dental examination, I am uniquely positioned to assess and evaluate possible breathing disorders.
Many dental conditions are directly related to a properly functioning airway.
My entry into the field of dental sleep medicine in collaboration with my medical colleagues has been a resounding success, helping many people improve their breathing and sleep patterns.
My website is most informative and should guide you on the path to overall wellness.
I look forward to helping you.
Does this sound familiar?
- Do you suffer from daytime sleepiness?
- Do you breathe mostly through your mouth and not through your nose?
- Do you snore?
- Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)?
- Do you wake yourself up from sleep with grasping for breath or choking?
- Do suffer from chronic headaches, neck aches or backaches?
- Do you notice that your jaw pops or clicks when you open or close your mouth?
- Do you have a history of high blood sugar, blood pressure or thyroid disease?
- Are you struggling with your weight?
- Have you had teeth extracted to make room for braces?
- Do you have trouble with gastro-esophogeal reflux or heartburn?
- Do you have a history of depression and/or anxiety?
- Do you have difficulty with falling and staying asleep?
- Do you have headaches upon waking up
- Do you grind your teeth (bruxism)?
- Do you a have bite problem with your teeth.
Ask how we can help you?
If you suffer from any of the above signs or symptoms, perhaps the underlying factor may be
With effective breathing, air moves freely and silently through the nose even during sleep to provide adequate oxygenation to the body. Poor breathing causes a lack of sleep. Without enough sleep many potential problems may arise.
Airway dysfunction is one of many precursors to diseases that cause lifelong suffering.
Opening up the airways gives your body what it needs for vibrant healthy living. The benefit it provides profoundly affects one’s overall health and quality of living. Our bodies need the right amount of air intake to function properly thereby maintaining the proper oxygen/carbon dioxide balance.
These are some of the benefits in both adults and children:-
- Reduced and eliminating snoring, teeth clenching and obstructive sleep apnoea
- restorative sleep
- better posture
- mood boost
- increased energy, focus and mental acuity
- improve cardiovascular, metabolic and hormonal health
- ability to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
- being alert the whole day
- improved facial growth and development
- better posture
- better sleep
- improved scholastic achievement
- less orthodontic intervention
Breathing disordered sleep is commonly undiagnosed and many of these problems may have an underlying breathing disorder both in adults and children.
WHAT DOES DENTISTRY HAVE TO DO WITH BREATHING DISORDERED SLEEP?
Breathing disorders falls within the scope of dental sleep medicine. Dentists don’t treat breathing problems – they work together with the medical profession.
The dentist is in the position to assist in the recognition of breathing disorders and sleep apnoea and work together with the medical profession.
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a major problem and is very kind common . It is a deadly disease. It is estimated that 85 to 90% of all patients who suffer from sleep apnoea remain undiagnosed. Obstructive sleep apnoea in particular as well as all breathing disorders directly or indirectly affects many biologic systems within the human body.
Obstructive sleep apnoea causes excessive daytime sleepiness and has been linked with motor-vehicle and industrial accidents. Obstructive sleep apnoea has been directly related to sudden death during sleep and also predisposes to vascular heart disease.
A dentist trained in dental sleep medicine is a vital member of the multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals necessary for the effective control of breathing disordered sleep. This multidisciplinary team includes the paediatrician, lactation nurse, EDT, sleep specialist, orthodontist and my functional therapist.
Properly trained dentists can provide mandibular advancement appliances to assist in the treatment of patients who are unable to utilise CPAP.
The dental profession has never been presented with a better opportunity to positively impact the health of our patients.
Airway health is a hidden path to wellness.
Please call for an appointment with Dr. Gerald Kaplan