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.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sleep Apnea Awareness Day Shines Light on Dangers, Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Condition

Today is Sleep Apnea Awareness Day, and while it may not be the most celebratory of holidays, it is an important reminder of the potentially fatal health risks faced by the nearly 20 million Americans thought to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Sleep Apnea Awareness Day is a multi-organizational effort intended to raise awareness about the dangers of sleep apnea as well as inform people about the increasing availability of sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment. Many people ignore snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea because they either do not associate these symptoms with a life-threatening condition or they believe the only treatment for sleep apnea is the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices.

Sleep apnea, particularly OSA, has been linked to a heightened risk for severe health problems including hypertension, heart attack and stroke. While CPAP treatment, which requires patients to wear a mask attached to a device that circulates oxygen to help maintain an open airway, is effective when used regularly over an extended period of time, many patients find the units cumbersome and uncomfortable, and discontinue its use.

The field of dental sleep medicine, however, offers a number of effective and comfortable alternatives to CPAP. Many patients find success in managing their sleep apnea with the use of custom-made oral appliances similar to sports mouthguards.

If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment or locate a dentist near you who is qualified in dental sleep medicine, please contact I Hate CPAP. We welcome patients from Illinois, Wisconsin and across the United States.

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