For those who suffer from sleep apnea, it is important to know what to look for and how to prepare. But if you have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea and you suspect you might have this condition, it is also important to know what to keep in mind.
Understanding sleep apnea
Snoring loudly often leads to bad jokes and middle of the night elbow jabs. However, snoring is no laughing matter. Loud, disruptive snoring may strain relationships, but it might also signal obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can lead to:
- High blood pressure.
- Heart attacks.
- Car accidents due to sleepiness while driving.
It is estimated that 50-70 million adults in the United States alone currently suffer from OSA. However, two to four percent of those with sleep apnea go undiagnosed—this accounts for about 1 in 50 individuals being misdiagnosed.
Whether you snore or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it is important to understand your symptoms and treatment options available.
Treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy
The American Sleep Disorder Association endorsed oral appliance therapy as the third currently acceptable treatment modality for sleep apnea in 1995, and it continues to rise in importance. The largest numbers of people who suffer from sleep apnea are in the mild to moderate categories. For those who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy might be an ideal treatment option.
Contact Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information on oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. The availability of oral appliance therapy allows us to custom-make appliances to meet your individual needs.