Over Twenty Million Americans Suffer from Sleep Apnea
Most of the patients who suffer from sleep apnea don’t even realize they have it. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs due to a blockage in the airway that causes the patient to stop breathing several times while they sleep each night. Many of our patients find relief from sleep apnea using our convenient dental appliances. They tell us our appliances are much easier to use than their CPAP machine. If you’re concerned that you
or someone you care about could be suffering from sleep apnea, call 636-625-1225 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Boscia today. He’ll make sure you get the correct diagnosis and the treatment that’s right for you.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
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
Sleep apnea causes significant oxygen deprivation and that’s hazardous to your health. In fact, it dramatically increases your chances of suffering from a life-threatening stroke or heart attack.
Not treating sleep apnea can lead to the following:
- Heart Attack
- Atrial Fibrillation (AFIB)
- Heart Failure
- Heart Disease
- Impaired Memory
Dental Devices--An Alternative to CPAP
CPAP is commonly prescribed to treat cases of severe sleep apnea. But many of our patients tell us that they’ve stopped using their CPAP machine altogether because it’s loud, restrictive, and difficult to use.
Dr. Boscia frequently treats sleep apnea using a dental device. This is a small device that the patient wears while sleeping to gently reposition the jaw, allowing the airway to remain open so you can breathe freely. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), it’s the first and best alternative to CPAP.