Snoring? Snoring is the result of the soft tissues of the throat vibrating. When you snore, your airway is partially blocked by these soft tissues, causing a decrease of air flow to the lungs and brain. Snoring can be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a serious matter that can lead to:
Even without these more serious side-effects, snoring can leave you tired and irritable. Boonsboro Family Dentistry may be able to help. Read on to learn more about
sleep apnea and how we may be able to help – WITHOUT a noisy, cumbersome CPAP machine.
Sleep Apnea (from Greek, meaning “without breath”) is one of the most common sleep disorders in which breathing stops and then restarts again recurrently during slumber.
Over 40 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, and 20 million suffer from OSA. Despite the high prevalence, 93% of women and 82% of men with moderate to severe OSA remain undiagnosed.
According to the American College of Cardiology, men are two times as likely to have sleep apnea (see visual at right).
However, a community-based study, found men are 8 times more likely to be treated for OSA than women. This suggests that the symptoms of OSA in women are often attributed to other conditions, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, and fibromyalgia.
Untreated OSA can severely affect quality of life, health and mortality. Clinical research shows that it is linked strongly to a range of serious, even life-threatening, chronic diseases such as stroke, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and coronary heart disease.
SDB affects around 20% of the adult population¹, making it as widespread as diabetes or asthma. However, awareness is low and we believe that about 90% of people who have OSA remain undiagnosed and untreated. Along with an increasing understanding of the morbidity and mortality caused by SDB, this discrepancy has created one of the fastest growing segments of the respiratory industry.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy:
Custom dental appliances for sleep apnea are covered by most medical insurance companies and Medicare.