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How Much Do You Know about Sleep Apnea?

September 10, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Kevin Burdorf
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Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, affects over eighteen million Americans. Sleep apnea is a condition that restricts your airflow during sleep and creates a number of health complications.

Did you know… 

That men are more than twice as likely as women to have sleep apnea? In fact, men over forty years old that have a thick neck circumference are at the highest risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Other factors like genetics, alcohol use, and being overweight all contribute to the likelihood that you will have sleep apnea. 

Did you know…

That sleep apnea causes other, more serious health conditions due to the lack of oxygen during sleep and because of low sleep quality? In fact, you can acquire conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, depression, mood disorders, strokes, low sex drive, and impaired concentration.

Your body needs high-quality sleep and plenty of oxygen to function optimally. Obstructive sleep apnea can prevent both and put your life at risk. 

Did you know… 

That obstructive sleep apnea is relatively easy to treat? For mild to moderate sleep apnea, you may find relief from a special oral appliance designed to guide your lower jaw forward in order to open your airway.

For severe cases of sleep apnea, a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine helps to keep your airway open with forced air. Most people find that their health improves and they feel great once they start getting high-quality sleep again. 

Did you know…

That when you leave sleep apnea untreated, you are putting the lives of others at risk? Because you do not get enough sleep and your brain function is impaired, your reaction time increases and you could cause an automobile accident because of dozing off at the wheel. 

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Bridgeton MO

At our Bridgeton dental office, we offer effective solutions for our patients suffering from sleep apnea.

Do you have a story about how sleep apnea treatment improved your life? Stop by our Facebook page and tell us about it.


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