Is sleep apnea killing you?
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, 22 million Americans are dealing with sleep apnea and nearly 80% of moderate to severe cases are undiagnosed.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder in which the airway becomes obstructed, usually by the tongue. The person is awakened continually throughout the night and occasionally awakes gasping. The sudden interrupted breathing episodes can happen hundreds of times during the night.
Symptoms can vary, but common ones include:
Waking with a dry, sore throat
Lack of energy and tiredness
It is important to address sleep apnea as soon as possible. Lack of treatment can lead to increased cardiovascular problems, diabetes and in very severe cases, death.
There are many options to help alleviate sleep apnea. CPAP machines are a common treatment. Another option is an Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), a custom-fit dental device similar to a mouth guard to keep your airway open while sleeping. The OAT helps to treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and snoring and is covered by many medical insurance plans.
Isn't it time you get the rest you need? An uninterrupted night of sleep can improve your productivity, your mood, and even save your life. At New Smiles your health is so important to us that we offer free take home sleep studies for all our patients. Call New Smiles today for an evaluation.
New Smiles Dental
17680 SW Handley St., Suite 101
Sherwood, OR 97140