Do you Snore?
Jun 01, 2014 12:30PM
● By Jeffry S. Kerbs
Did you know that snoring is the number one symptom for people who suffer from a potentially deadly disease called Obstructive Sleep Apnea, (OSA). In fact, OSA can also lead to daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, high blood pressure and many more life-altering issues.
Symptoms of OSA can range from snoring to feeling unrested after sleep. The Mayo Clinic defines sleep apnea as “a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.” It is often known that sleep apnea sufferers experience repeated pauses in breathing during sleep, causing hundreds of awakenings each night, often for a minute or longer in duration. In most cases the patient is completely unaware of these breathing stoppages because they don’t trigger full awakening. These sleep awakenings cause acute surges in blood pressure and heart rate, further increasing stress to the heart.
Sleep apnea is seen more frequently among men than among women. Other risk factors include being overweight and over the age of 40. It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans suffer from OSA. Despite this ever growing statistic, unfortunately over 90 percent still remain undiagnosed. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, OSA increases the chances of heart attack, stroke, type-2 diabetes, obesity, brain damage and depression.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine now recommends dental oral appliances as a primary or first line of treatment for mild to moderate OSA. If you or someone you love has sleep apnea, find a dental office that works closely with area specialists to determine the best treatment for you.
Jeffry S. Kerbs, DDS, has an office at 240 S. Hickory St., Ste. 207 in Escondido. For more information, call 760-746-3663 or visit DrJKerbs.com.