Dr. Edward Shukovsky, the head of Stamford Sleep Solutions, says he is one of the few dentists in the area who accepts Medicare for sleep apnea, an alarmingly common and serious condition that can create dangerous, even life-threatening health risks.
Stamford, CT – Sleep apnea affects millions of people across America, and it can be suffered by both adults and children. The condition is sometimes referred to as a “silent killer,” as it can not only interrupt a person’s sleep and cause debilitating effects on their daily life, but it can also dramatically increase serious risks to overall health. Dr. Edward Shukovsky, the head of Stamford Sleep Solutions, says major advancements in the field of sleep medicine have yielded new options for individuals who suffer from the condition. He also notes that many eligible patients who are considering sleep apnea treatments in Stamford can now take advantage of the fact that his practice is one of the few in the area that readily accepts Medicare for sleep apnea therapies. “Most dental offices in Stamford do not take Medicare for sleep apnea treatment. Since so many patients who come to our practice needing treatment for sleep apnea are in their 50s and beyond, we believe that accepting Medicare ultimately makes treatment more accessible and available.”
Sleep apnea can affect individuals in varying degrees. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of the condition, and is typically characterized by the excessive relaxation of tissues and muscles in oral and nasal air passages while sleeping. This can create obstructions or even complete blockages in the airways, causing loud snoring or even full breathing pauses that can last 10 seconds or longer. In many cases, these breathing pauses occur multiple times each night. A person with sleep apnea may be jolted awake due to a choking or gasping sensation, and sleep loss is one of the most prominent effects of the condition. Sleep apnea can lead to significantly increased risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, sudden cardiac death, stroke, memory loss, depression, and a number of other serious health conditions. It can also impact one’s day-to-day life by producing headaches, exhaustion, irritability, and difficulty concentrating and focusing on even the simplest of tasks. Dr. Shukovsky explains that, even though the majority of sleep apnea patients who come to Stamford Sleep Solutions are in upper age brackets, the fact is that this condition can affect virtually anyone at any age. What’s even more striking is that most individuals are unaware they suffer from sleep apnea—it often takes a loved one who has observed their sleeping patterns to let them know something is wrong. In some cases, excessive fatigue or the development of other symptoms experienced during waking hours may be what compels a sleep apnea sufferer to seek an evaluation.
Fortunately, Dr. Shukovsky says, state-of-the-art treatment options such as customized oral appliances, CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy, and even minimally-invasive surgical procedures can be extremely effective ways to diminish both the sleep apnea health risks and symptoms of the condition for many patients. Plus, these options can also help individuals obtain a fuller and much more restful night’s sleep. Dr. Shukovsky says the best sleep apnea treatment option for patients really depends on the individual’s unique needs, but the important thing is to get treated. “Our practice is geared up with the latest technology, such as a rhinometer and a pharyngometer to accurately map out the airways and get a sense as to whether a certain treatment will work for a specific patient’s condition. These technologies can be used early in the process to determine whether a patient may benefit from an oral appliance or another type of sleep apnea therapy.”
Dr. Shukovsky notes that accepting Medicare at his practice is extremely important since that option, as well as the type of advanced technology he utilizes, is not often available at other dental offices in the area. Once a patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea by a physician, Dr. Shukovsky can explore comprehensive treatment plans that are uniquely formulated to the individual’s needs, and are precisely designed to produce effective results. “There is an entire array of patients who seek out different kinds of treatment and what works for them, but it’s important to find something that works for them because this could be life-saving. And it certainly can generate a better life for them in terms of being able to breathe better at night and to function better during the day.”
About Edward Shukovsky, DMD
Dr. Edward Shukovsky is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Stamford Dental Society, and other organizations. Dr. Shukovsky’s practice, Stamford Sleep Solutions, is dedicated to providing patients of all ages who suffer from sleep apnea and/or snoring with advanced testing and state-of-the-art treatment options designed to minimize the effects the condition can have on one’s health and livelihood. Dr. Shukovsky is available for interview upon request.
Stamford Sleep Solutions
Dr. Edward Shukovsky
1290 Summer St.
Stamford, CT 06905