Do you suffer from fatigue, exhaustion, depression, weight gain, high blood pressure or elevated heart rate?
If so, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Over 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea and unfortunately 80% of moderate and severe sleep apnea cases remain undiagnosed. A disorder characterized by recurring interruptions in breathing while sleeping, when left untreated it can be life threatening.
Associated with increased incidence of hypertension, stroke, heart failure, type 2 diabetes, gastro esophageal reflux disease, hypothyroidism and increased risk of death related to motor vehicle accidents, sleep apnea is a serious and under-diagnosed disorder. Believed to be the only form of treatment for sleep apnea, CPAP masks are uncomfortable and may lead to dry mouth, nasal congestion, runny nose and sometimes claustrophobia.
Due to these uncomfortable side effects, 50% of all CPAP mask users are non-compliant! So what is a sleep apnea patient to do?
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine now recommends that oral appliances can be the first line of treatment for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea. These oral appliances are less cumbersome, smaller in size, transportable and easy to operate. Patients using oral appliances to treat sleep apnea are reporting more energy and most importantly sleeping better. If you are not sure you suffer with sleep apnea, stop by for a complimentary sleep apnea evaluation. Using a CPAP mask? Stop by and let us upgrade you to an oral appliance, a state of the art sleep apnea treatment option.