Unfortunately for them, about 80% of obstructive sleep apnea sufferers are undiagnosed. This means that they are unaware of their increased risk for dangers of sleep apnea, including their overall sixfold increased risk of "all-cause mortality," death by any cause, from car accidents to heart attacks and stroke. To reduce their risks of these serious health consequences, people need to understand what sleep apnea is and how its seemingly-innocuous symptoms can be a sign of a life-threatening condition.
If you are a current or previous sleep apnea sufferer, you can help those around you who are suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea by talking to them about your experience. Talk about risk factors and make sure people understand when they should be tested. Talk about your symptoms, and talk about how you got your diagnosis. Talk about the treatment options you tried, the ones that worked and the ones that didn't.
Finally, talk about how much of a difference treatment has made in your life. Most sleep apnea sufferers live under a low-energy cloud. They may suffer from a lack of motivation, may suffer depression or a loss of enjoyment in life's activities. Their personal and professional relationships may suffer. Sometimes their undiagnosed condition may make it seem like there is no hope, but if talk to them about your story, you can show them that there is hope, that there is a way to turn their lives around.
Sleep dentists are dedicated to helping sleep apnea patients learn about their condition and the full range of treatment options available. To get treatment for sleep apnea or to share your successful treatment story, please contact a local sleep dentist today.