Local dentist, Charles Reed, has been helping Denver residents get a more beautiful smile and balanced jaw relationship for more than 32 years, and recently became a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) – the leading professional society for the sleep specialists who treat snoring, obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders affecting about 70 million Americans.
“Adults who regularly sleep less than seven hours per night have a higher risk of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and depression,” said Dr. Reed. “Many Denver residents are unaware that help is available – they don’t have to accept being tired as the everyday norm. I’m committed to helping patients find effective treatment for their sleep problems and preventing harmful conditions associated with sleep deprivation.”
At least 12 million to 18 million American adults have untreated sleep apnea, one of the most common sleep illnesses. Once diagnosed, the recommended treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which provides a steady stream of air through a mask to gently keep the airway open throughout the night – making it easier to breathe. In addition, an oral appliance is often used to adjust the lower jaw to open the posterior airway and achieve significant improvement in obstructive sleep apnea.
“In patients with moderate or severe sleep apnea, CPAP therapy lowers blood pressure and is estimated to reduce the 10-year risk of heart attack by 49 percent and stroke by 31 percent,” said Dr. Reed. “I’ve seen the lives of my patients improve tremendously with consistent treatment. Left untreated, sleep apnea may have a serious impact on overall health, even increasing risk of death.”
Dr.Reed and Sleep Dentistry Denver is located at 20971 E. Smoky Hill Rd. in Centennial. Patients with loud snoring and symptoms of sleep illness should contact Dr. Reed at (720) 504-3633 to schedule a consultation appointment. More information is available online at our sleep website – www.Sleep-Denver.com. Dr. Reed works closely with primary care physicians to align treatment with other conditions.
About Dr. Charles Reed: He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He graduated from Loyola University Dental School with high honors in 1982 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He received the American Association of Orthodontists Award and was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. Dr. Reed received his certificate in Orthodontics in 1984 from Loyola University. Through the study of growth and development, Dr. Reed is trained to manage the change in jaw position that is associated with oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.
About The American Academy of Sleep Medicine: Established in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) improves sleep health and promotes high quality patient centered care. With nearly 10,000 members, the AASM is the largest professional membership society for physicians, scientists and other health care providers dedicated to sleep medicine. For more information, visit www.aasmnet.org.