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.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Seeking Help for Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

More than 20 million Americans are thought to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a dangerous sleep disorder in which your breathing stops periodically as you sleep.

While there is no shortage of studies linking sleep apnea to a heightened risk for potentially deadly health problems such as stroke, hypertension and heart attack, the condition is often dismissed by those who suffer from it as a mere nuisance. Perhaps this is because the most common symptom of OSA is loud, chronic snoring.

Snoring is sometimes no more than an annoyance to your sleep partner and family members. But regular, heavy snoring accompanied by other sleep apnea symptoms including waking up gasping for air, morning headaches and daytime fatigue can be both bothersome and a danger to your health.

If you or a loved one suffers from recurring snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea, it’s important to seek diagnosis and treatment. Today, dentists qualified in the field of dental sleep medicine offer effective and comfortable sleep apnea treatments that may be used alone or in conjunction with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices.

If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea assessment and treatment, please contact I Hate CPAP to locate an experienced sleep dentist near you.

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