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Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses sleep_apnea_couple.jpgin breathing during sleep. These pauses can last from a few seconds up to a minute and can happen multiple times an hour. The pauses in breathing can deprived the body of oxygen, which can lead to serious health issues. 

As many as 5% to 10 % of Americans are affected by sleep apnea and many of them are unaware of it.  People who suffer from sleep apnea often times will be excessively sleepy during the daytime, will wake up with headaches, and will have partners who complain of loud snoring.  In fact 50% of people who snore regularly will have some degree of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  

Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

If not treated sleep apnea can lead to other major health concerns such as, high blood pressure, increase risk of stroke, heart attack, and diabetes.  People with sleep apnea are also twice as likely to die during their sleep.

What should I do if I am concerned about Sleep Apnea? 

If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, ask one of our dentists how we can help.  We may refer you to a sleep center to diagnose the extent of the disease.  Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment with an oral device, fabricated by one of our dentists, may be recommended.  For more information call us at (559) 439-1245