Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Symptoms and Treatments: Dr. Allen Garai

A private practice orthodontist in Vienna, Virginia, Dr. Allen Garai offers orthodontic and presurgical management of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Here, Dr. Garai provides an overview of the condition’s symptoms and treatments.

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a condition in which breathing becomes blocked during sleep. Depending on the severity of the condition, airway obstruction can happen from five to 50 times an hour. Nighttime symptoms include snoring, choking sensations, insomnia, and restless sleep, while excessive and debilitating sleepiness is the primary daytime symptom.

Despite its important associations with a variety of health problems, including depression, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, OSAS remains undiagnosed in an estimated 80 percent of patients with the condition. Once diagnosed, OSAS can be treated with continuous positive airway pressure, a device that keeps the airway open during sleep, or through lifestyle changes including weight loss and smoking cessation. When surgery is required, preoperative orthodontic treatments such as those offered by Dr. Garai can lead to 95 to 100 percent positive sleep results.

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Dr. Allen Garai and Lingual Orthodontics

Recently recognized by The Washingtonian magazine as one of the leaders in lingual orthodontics in the Washington area, Dr. Garai offers a full range of treatments for teenagers and adults.

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A popular and effective alternative to traditional braces, lingual orthodontics refers to braces placed behind the teeth. Lingual braces include brackets custom-made to fit each patient’s teeth; they encourage teeth to straighten by applying steady, light pressure.

While relying on the same orthodontic principles of traditional braces, lingual braces have one key cosmetic advantage: no metal brackets are placed on the front of the teeth. In addition to their aesthetic benefits, lingual braces are a great choice for patients who play contact sports or wind instruments, where traditional braces can interfere with everyday activities. Lingual options are also attractive for patients with sensitivities to plastic that make other invisible braces options unviable.

Dr. Garai has been treating patients with lingual braces for more than 15 years, and he has taught at Children’s National Medical Center and the Washington Hospital Center Department of Orthodontics since 1998.

Dr. Allen Garai on the Mission of the Rotary Club of Vienna, Virginia

With 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries, Rotary is a global organization that promotes peace and understanding through humanitarian service and leadership. The organization unites businesses, professionals, and community leaders, and Rotarians around the world encourage ethical behavior, good citizenship, and cultural understanding.

The organization holds no political or religious affiliations; membership is open to anyone interested in humanitarian projects. Members attend informative weekly meetings, experience fellowship and friendship within their local chapters, and take pride in being part of a prestigious group with 1.2 million worldwide members. In addition, members enjoy the benefits of a vast network of Rotary International professionals. In 2012, the Rotary Club of Vienna, Virginia awarded nearly $150,000 in grants.

About Dr. Garai: In addition to operating a successful orthodontic practice, Dr. Garai practices corporate responsibility, supporting his community through organizations such as Toys for Tots, local Virginia PTAs, and the Rotary Club of Vienna.

“How to Become a Member of the World Federation of Orthodontists,” by Dr. Garai

The World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO) promotes high standards of orthodontics around the world. Founded in 1995, it has more than 8,400 members and fellows who enjoy the organization’s multiple benefits.

The first step in submitting for WFO membership determining whether to apply as a fellow or a member. The fellow classification will interest those who are current members of a regional or national association of orthodontists affiliated with WFO. The member classification will interest students and non-orthodontists engaged in studying or researching orthodontics in an accredited school or institution. In addition, retired orthodontists may apply for entry to the member category.

Next, prospective members should visit the official WFO website, www.wfo.org, and apply for membership using the online form. Accepted members receive free subscriptions to the Journal of the World Federation of Orthodontists and the WFO Gazette, lower rates at many orthodontic conferences, and a free listing in the WFO online membership directory.

Meet the Author: A member of the World Federation of Orthodontists, Dr. Garai has practiced orthodontics for over 15 years.

Invisalign Teeth Straightening, by Dr. Allen Garai

A convenient alternative to braces, Invisalign uses a series of removable aligners custom-designed for each patient. Aligner trays are made of smooth, clear plastic, and they gently shift teeth as they are worn. A new set of aligners is put in place every two weeks until treatment is complete. The method effectively shifts teeth with no attached metal or wires to cause inconvenient mouth abrasions.

While treatment duration varies for each patient, most adults can complete the treatment in about a year. For teens, the time is comparable to that of braces, but results can often be seen much sooner, thanks to the absence of metal brackets or wires. For the most effective and timely results, aligners should be removed only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day throughout the course of treatment.

About the Author: Dr. Garai runs a private practice offering a full range of orthodontic services, including metal braces, ceramic braces, clear braces, and lingual braces. One of Dr. Garai’s most popular services is the Invisalign method of teeth straightening.