Serious Sleep apnea is a life threatening condition during which a person stops breathing repeatedly throughout the night. During deep restful sleep (REM sleep) all muscles relax and the airway will close off in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The result is a poor night’s rest due to the body waking up all night struggling for breath. Long term complications include high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for relationship difficulties, job impairment, and motor vehicle crashes.
Why the Dental Office?
Sleep apnea is very common and affects more than twelve million Americans, according to the National Institute of Health. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age – even children. A vast majority of sleep apneics remain undiagnosed due to lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals. As members of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), we at Westcliffe Dental are committed to providing the best healthcare possible. This extends beyond fixing teeth. It includes whole body health. We will screen for sleep apnea in all of our patients. If we don’t ask the questions, who will save your life? We can also provide treatment for sleep apnea using the latest in dental appliance therapy.
Do you hate CPAP?
The most effective means of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment is with the use of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressurization). For those who have not experienced CPAP, just imagine sticking your nose out the window of your car at 65 mph. Ram air. Unfortunately, statistics will show that 50% of CPAP devices will be in the closet after three weeks of use, never to return. For those who cannot tolerate CPAP, oral appliance therapy at Westcliffe Family Dental may be the answer. Schedule a consultation today to start living a longer healthier life
Learn more at our Silent Sleep Centers website.