Sleep Apnea Therapy in Longview
Are you a chronic snorer? Do you frequently get up for work in the morning feeling even worse—more tired even—than when you originally laid down for bed? Given that around 22 million people in our country are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea -- with almost 80% of those cases remaining untreated -- the chances are high that you just might need sleep apnea therapy.
As quickly mentioned above, snoring and sleep apnea is a general term for a sleep problem called obstructive sleep apnea. It’s characterized by successive stops in breathing while you rest, happening up to hundreds of times without you even realizing it. Obstructive is a common sleep apnea type, happening when the throat, neck and tongue muscles relax so much they block your airway, causing this serious health problem.
Sleep Apnea Statistics You Need to Know
The American Sleep Apnea Foundation estimates that…
- 1 in 5 adults suffers from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- 1 in 15 of OSA cases are problematic (moderate to severe)
- A small percentage (2-3%) of children have OSA
- 9% of middle-aged women suffer from OSA
- 25% of middle-aged men suffer from OSA
- 10% of people 65+ suffer from OSA
What These Numbers Mean for You
If you have sleep apnea, getting treatment is of the utmost importance. Not only is your mood probably effected, interfering with your productivity and relationships, but sleep apnea poses serious health concerns. What’s scary, given these numbers, is that people who have OSA but never receive treatment are 4 times more likely to have a stroke and 3 times more likely to develop heart disease!
In fact, just about 40,000 annual cardiovascular deaths are related to sleep apnea. That means getting a diagnosis and treatment won’t just make you feel better overall, it could really save your life.
Sleep Apnea FAQs
You may have heard of sleep apnea, but do you really know much about it? Many people diagnosed with this medical condition often wonder what is the cause, what are the consequences and how can sleep apnea be treated. For answers to these and other questions, click here.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea treatment can include a custom oral appliance created specially from your dentist. Why a dentist for sleep apnea therapy? Your local dental professional deeply understands the inner and outer workings of the head, neck, and throat, creating the best solution to address your sleeping disorder.
This small, personalized device works by repositioning your lower jaw, keeping the airway open while you sleep.
If you haven’t been feeling well rested or wake up with frequent dry mouth, you may have sleep apnea. Learn more by visiting your local dentist for help with diagnosis and treatment! After all, our office may be the only thing standing between a severe health concern like heart disease and a full night’s rest. Feel free to contact us today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. George R. Stoddard.