Did you know approximately one in every seven adults experiences sleep-disordered breathing?
What you might think is just loud snoring could be sleep apnea, a condition in which the body finds it difficult to breathe while sleeping. Patients suffering from this condition actually stop breathing, anywhere from 10 seconds to 3 minutes … or have abnormally low respiration while sleeping.
The consequences of this are fatigue during the day, which could become cumulative after many nights without rest, and perhaps become an even more serious health problem.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 12 million Americans are suffocating in their sleep due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Most cases remain undiagnosed and contribute to diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and traffic accidents caused by drowsy driving.
Dentistry serves a vital role in treating this under-diagnosed epidemic. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances as a first line therapy for the treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and for patients with severe sleep apnea whose CPAP treatment has failed.
Snoring: More Than a Bad Habit
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can be treated with surgery, CPAP or BiPAP machines, or oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is the least invasive treatment and the first choice of treatment for mild to moderate OSA. It involves the selection, fitting, and use of an appliance to hold the jaw forward and maintain an open airway in the throat during sleep.
Call Dr. Braverman @ 561.575.5599 to learn more about how Oral Appliance Therapy can help you get a good night’s sleep.