There is an epidemic affecting millions of Americans.
Are you one of them?
Do you wake up feeling tired? If so, you may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder marked by an interruption of breathing throughout the sleep cycle. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
These symptoms can leave you feeling tired all day, cause fatigued driving and lower your productivity, but these are not the only dangers. Sleep apnea is commonly associated with other serious medical conditions like:
If you already have one of these conditions, OSA can make it worse by placing additional stress on your body and immune system due to lack of restful sleep.
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What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a condition affecting a staggering number of Americans. 1 in 5 adults has mild OSA and 1 in 15 has moderate to severe OSA*. As many as 60 million Americans could be living with undiagnosed OSA and not even know it. For individuals with sleep apnea, collapsed tissue within the throat obstructs the airway resulting in interrupted breathing while they sleep.
- Pauses in breathing typically last ten seconds
- Severe cases may last up to thirty seconds
- Loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea
- Pauses can recur throughout the sleep cycle
- May result in frequent awakenings and sleep fragmentation
*Young et al. J Am Med Assoc 2004
Comfortable, Convenient Treatment is Within Reach
Obstructive Sleep Apnea may be effectively treated by a dentist using Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). OAT uses a custom fitted dental appliance, similar to a retainer, to ensure unrestricted airflow during sleep. Do not mistake OAT with a drugstore snoreguard, which is not FDA cleared for treating OSA. Attempting to treat OSA with an unapproved device and not under the care of a trained professional could exacerbate the condition leading to potentially serious complications. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, consult a DreamSleep provider to schedule a free screening and discuss treatment options.