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, March 24, 2015

What Is the Cost of Sleep Apnea?

An article in the magazine Dental Economics recently discussed the toll sleep apnea takes on American society, and the findings are staggering. The estimated economic impact of apnea in the United States is $165 billion.

Previously a problem confined to the bedroom, sleep apnea poses more than just a financial risk. Agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have put in place screening requirements and guidelines in an effort to prevent commercial and mass transit employees from endangering passengers and bystanders due to sleep deprivation.

Like a number of other diseases and conditions, dentists are uniquely positioned to be able to catch sleep apnea in its early stages. Many patients have found relief from apnea symptoms through dental interventions such as:

Children as well as adults can suffer from sleep apnea. The author of the Dental Economics piece (who is also a dentist) posits that treating developmental issues affecting the jaw, palate, and other parts of the oral cavity when a patient is young can reduce the incidence of sleep apnea and have a positive overall impact on a patient's growth.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can reduce life expectancy by as much as 20%. To find out how a dental specialist can help you or a loved one, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.

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