Do you often feel excessively sleepy during the day?
Do you have trouble falling, or staying asleep? Have you ever been told that you snore, or wake up often during the night? You may be one of nearly 22 percent of men and women with undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea (1).
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is a common medical condition where the muscles of your throat and upper airway stop functioning properly during sleep, which causes you to stop breathing multiple times during the night. This causes your body to lose oxygen, which puts every single organ system at higher risk for disease, especially your heart.
Sleep Apnea (OSA) can contribute to the following risks:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Attack
- Vascular Damage
- Gastro-esophageal reflux
- Brain Injury
Doctors have known for decades that uncontrolled OSA increases your risk for many conditions, such as heart disease and stroke. Now, research suggests that even more troubling diseases such as degenerative brain disease and cancer and early death may be linked as well (2).
OSA can be well-managed by a trusted team of medical and dental care providers. Specifically, oral appliance therapy (OAT) has become a very common and highly effective non-surgical treatment strategy for management of OSA. New research supports its efficacy and ease of use (3). By obtaining a simple assessment, a personalized management strategy can be determined, which can decrease harmful symptoms by up to 60%.
If you are interested in taking the first step towards managing obstructive sleep apnea, please call or click to schedule your comprehensive consultation today. An experienced Ericson Dental clinician can help you take the necessary steps to help get your sleep schedule back on track , so you and your body can feel more rested.
1) Franklin KA, Lindberg E.. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder in the population-a review on the epidemiology of sleep apnea. J Thorac Dis 2015;7:1311-22.
2) Gildeh N, Drakatos P, Higgins S, Rosenzweig and Brian D. Emerging co-morbidities of obstructive sleep apnea: cognition, kidney disease, and cancer. J Thorac Dis 2016;8(9): E901-E917.
3) Dioguardi A, Al-Halawani M.. Oral Appliances in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2016 Oct 6. : S0030-6665(16)30107-4. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2016.07.005. [Epub ahead of print].