MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwire - Apr 18, 2012) - According to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), sleep apnea is a condition that affects nearly 18 million Americans, 10 million of which have not been diagnosed. Sleep apnea is an obstructive sleep disorder that can lead to more significant health-related complications such as heart attack and stroke, and AARC studies also show that people affected by sleep apnea stop breathing up to 30 times or more in one night. New Jersey cosmetic dentists Drs. Edward Romano and Matthew Vaccaro of Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey have announced the addition of related sleep dentistry treatment and an at-home study, which the dentists say is the only way to truly diagnose a patient's needs and help them combat the condition.

Focusing on a wide range of procedures in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry in New Jersey, Drs. Romano and Vaccaro say the addition of sleep apnea treatment allows the practice to meet a wider variety of patient needs by aiding in their pursuit of restful sleep and a healthier life. As more patients have been requesting relief for disrupted sleep, Dr. Romano says he is excited to offer diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea through various oral devices such as mouthguards or retainers, in conjunction with a thorough at-home sleep study. Dr. Vaccaro adds that the study can be covered by a patient's medical insurance and help them avoid the need for an external sleep center. Both dentists agree that providing sleep apnea treatment in New Jersey is a significant step in their continued drive to provide patients with the most comprehensive care available.

Causing the muscles and soft tissues in the throat, mouth, and nasal passages to relax during sleep, sleep apnea reduces the amount of air that can travel through one's airway. While snoring can be an identifiable symptom of sleep apnea, Dr. Romano also says there are a number of other symptoms that may go unnoticed, such as pauses in breathing for up to ten seconds. He adds that obstructive sleep apnea has been linked to a wide range of severe risks to one's overall health including sudden cardiac death, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, and many others. Dr. Romano says the good news for his patients is that thanks to advanced devices such as mouthguards, retainers, and other oral therapies, modern dental technology has been able to fight the effects of this dangerous condition.

Because of the serious risks to one's overall health that can develop from sleep apnea, Dr. Romano says consulting with an experienced and qualified dental professional is essential for ensuring proper treatment and care. He says he is thankful for the opportunity to provide his patients with the latest treatment in obstructive sleep disorders and hopes patients take advantage of the opportunity to improve the quality of their sleep as well as their daily lives. Additionally, Dr. Romano urges patients to always consult with a practice who provides personalized and individual treatment to patients so as to ensure the best results possible are achieved for each patient's needs.

About Edward A. Romano, DDS

Dr. Edward Romano is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and an Attending Dentist at Morristown Memorial Hospital, where he teaches dental residents in advanced techniques in cosmetic and general dentistry. He has served as the past President of the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and has been featured on a number of television news programs to share his expertise in dental procedures. Dr. Romano has also lectured nationally at the ADA National Meeting as well as the New York and Washington, DC annual sessions, in addition to teaching cosmetic dentistry at the Aesthetic Advantage Continuum.

About Matthew Vaccaro, DDS

A graduate of Bucknell University, Dr. Matthew Vaccaro earned his dental degree with a minor in Prosthodontics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is an attending doctor at Morristown Memorial Hospital where he teaches dental techniques to residents, as well as an active member of the American Academy of Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and several other professional organizations. Dr. Vaccaro regularly participates in the Morris Seminars and has dedicated countless hours to continued education.

Located at 310 Madison Avenue in Morristown, NJ, Dr. Romano's practice, Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey, can be reached at (973) 947-7716. He can also be contacted online via the website or

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