Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Health Ramifications
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Syndrome is a life threatening disorder affecting over 18 million Americans. 40% of Americans (2 out of 5) snore and 40% of snorers have OSA with no signs or symptoms of the disease.
Serious consequences of untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) include:
- Increased risk of stroke.
- Increased high blood pressure.
- Increased incidence of atrial fibrillation.
- Increased risk of diabetes.
- Poor memory and other cognitive impairments.
- Male impotence and decreased sex drive.
- Headaches and migraines.
- Increased risk of motor vehicle accidents.
- Increase in Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease (GERD).
- Increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.
Signs you or someone you love may have OSA and Sleep Disordered Breathing:
- Waking up due to gasping or choking.
- Excessive daytime sleepiness.
- Memory loss.
- Nighttime grinding of teeth.
- Restless or unrefreshed sleep.
- Frequent waking during sleep.
How Common is OSA?
- 40% of adults over 40 snore
(approx. 87 million Americans)
- 9% of men and 4% of women suffer from some form of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
(approx. 30 million Americans)
- Less than 10% of OSA sufferers have been diagnosed
How Love Dentistry Can Help
Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are both caused by a collapse of the upper airway when the muscles relax during sleep, causing the patient to stop breathing during the night. The largest muscle, and most likely culprit for this problem of airway collapse, is the tongue. The tongue muscle is much larger than most people realize. The tongue is present in the oral cavity (mouth) but it also extends down the throat and beyond throughout most of the length of the collapsible upper airway.
A custom FDA-approved dental devices (sometime called mandibular advancement devices or dental sleep devices) will be fitted to your mouth that helps control the collapsing of the tongue into the airway, allowing patients to stop snoring and sleep and breath easier throughout the night. A dental sleep device looks similar to a sports mouth guard and can be comfortably worn in the mouth during sleep. The dental devices help prevent snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Oral appliance therapy helps prevent the collapse of the tongue into the airway by moving the jaw forward, allowing air to flow from your mouth into your lungs so you can breathe. Opening the airway decreases snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Most people find these devices much more comfortable than CPAP (the other primary treatment for OSA and snoring) and far less invasive and more predictable than surgery.
” A dental sleep device looks similar to a sports mouth guard and can be comfortably worn in the mouth during sleep. The dental devices help prevent snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”