Do you or someone you love snore, is tired during the day or has low energy, has short-term memory loss, decreased alertness or mood symptoms? If so, they might have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a dangerous condition that affects more than 18 million Americans. Twenty percent of adults have mild sleep apnea and 7% of adults have moderate to severe OSA. And the alarming fact is 75% of severe cases remain undiagnosed.
Snoring is not normal. When you snore, your airway is being partially blocked by the soft tissue in the back of your throat, including the soft palate and the tongue. This causes a reduction in the airflow to the lungs, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the brain and other vital organs. Snoring can be associated with sleeping disorders; the most common one is Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
The medical consequences of OSA are serious, including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, sudden nocturnal death, stroke, GERD and erectile dysfunction.
There's an effective alternative for living with sleep apnea. Dr. Yates, a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), can help patients control sleep apnea and snoring through the use of an oral appliance therapy (OAT). We at Gardens Dental Care can help you get the sleep you deserve and need. Our process involves selection, fitting and use of a specially designed oral appliance (similar to a mouth guard). It is comfortable and easy to wear and prevents the collapse of the tongue and soft tissue in the back of the throat, keeping your airway open during sleep and promoting an adequate air intake. So you and your partner can finally get a good night's rest.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, call our office immediately, come in for a free consultation. Sleep apnea treatment is covered under most medical insurance plans. If you or someone you know has already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and is not using or has a difficult time with Continous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, contact us to see if a dental device might be a better answer for treatment.