Nearly 20 Million Americans Have Some Level of Sleep Apnea
If loud snoring and fatigue are taking their toll on your life, you may have a disorder called sleep apnea. While common, many are unaware they have the condition or have never been diagnosed. Those with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly while sleeping, restricting oxygen flow to the brain and other organs. Some people stop breathing hundreds of times throughout the night without even knowing. Sleep apnea is a serious condition and warrants a prompt evaluation by a professional.
Dr. Boscia offers dental devices as an alternative to uncomfortable CPAP machines for the treatment of sleep apnea. He can help you get the restorative sleep you need to take back control of your life.
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Many people don’t realize they have a problem until snoring becomes an issue or they find they are extremely sleep deprived. Interrupted sleep can take its toll on your well-being and quality of life.
Some of the warning signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Excessive daytime sleepiness
High Blood Pressure
Health Risks of Sleep Apnea
Men over 40 years of age are at a greater risk of developing sleep apnea than women. Obesity, carrying excessive weight, or drinking alcohol can also increase your risk of sleep and breathing problems.
Not treating sleep apnea can lead to the following:
- Heart Attack
- Atrial Fibrillation (AFIB)
- Heart Failure
- Psychiatric Disorders
- Brain Fog
- Memory Problems
- Impotence in Men
Dental Device for Sleep Apnea
CPAP (the breathing machine) has been the number one treatment prescribed by physicians to correct sleep apnea. However, more than 50% of patients cannot tolerate CPAP and do not wear it. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) the first and best alternative to CPAP is the dental device, which is available at our practice near Wentzville and O’Fallon. Dr. Boscia can make one of these devices for you and in many cases medical insurance will help cover some of the cost.