Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Americans May Lack Sleep, but Dental Sleep Medicine offers Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Americans’ sleep—or lack thereof—has been in the news a lot lately.

Last week, federal health officials said approximately one-third of Americans get too little sleep, which puts themselves and others at risk for accidents and health complications. And an ongoing study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has examined the widespread ramifications of the potentially deadly sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Accompanying the bad news about our sleep habits and the risks of sleep apnea, however, has been an increase in awareness about the hazards of sleep disorders and the number of options available for treatment.

The field of dental sleep medicine has grown in recent years to include a wide range of custom-fit oral appliances designed to treat OSA, the most severe and common form of sleep apnea. As its name indicates, obstructive sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction of the airway that causes frequent stoppages in breathing as you sleep.

The oral devices are designed to provide stability and proper alignment of the jaw as you sleep, helping maintain an open airway. There are numerous models of oral appliances, and each is custom designed to address your specific condition and conform to your mouth for a comfortable fit.

If you suffering from chronic snoring or other symptoms of sleep apnea, please contact IHateCPAP.com to locate a qualified sleep dentist near you.

posted by Steve at 8:37 AM