Why You Should Consider a Sleep Apnea Screening

According to the Mayo Clinic, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is defined as a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts several times throughout the night. A person with sleep apnea may experience shallow breathing and possible pauses in breath, which may look disturbing. The breathing interruptions can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes per breathing episode. These disturbances can cause an individual to attain restless sleep and consequently feel uncommonly fatigued during the day.

SIGNS OF OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

– Do you snore?

– Has anyone noticed that you gasp for air or even stop breathing while you’re sleeping?

– Do you often wake feeling “un-refreshed”?

– Do you sometimes feel excessively sleep during the day?

– Have you noticed a decrease in motivated and energy?

– Do you find it difficult to concentrate?

– Do you have high blood pressure?

– Have you suffered a stroke or heart attack?

 

WHY SLEEP APNEA IS DANGEROUS

Untreated sleep apnea increases the chances of heart attack, stroke, Type II diabetes, and even sudden death. Recent reports now indicate a relationship between untreated sleep apnea and cancer, along with dementia, obesity and other serious health issues. Up to 20% of the U.S. adult population is estimated to be affected by sleep apnea. Even more astonishing is that nearly 90% of the population remains undiagnosed.

If you snore regularly or have experienced any of the symptoms above, you may have sleep apnea or another sleep related disorder. Untreated sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your overall health so it is imperative that you be screened for sleep apnea before symptoms worsen. To schedule a complimentary sleep apnea screening in our office, please give us a call at (303) 399-0400. For more information, visit our website @ http://www.cherry-creekdentist.com/dental-procedures/sleep-apnea.html

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Take This Quiz to Learn More:

  • Are you regularly unrefreshed, even after waking from a full night’s sleep?
  • Do you fall asleep easily during your waking hours at home or at work?
  • Are you a loud, habitual snorer?
  • Have you been observed choking, gasping or holding your breath during sleep?
  • Do you often suffer from poor concentration or judgment, memory loss, irritability and/or depression?
  • Are you overweight, or do you have Diabetes, Hypertension, or Heart Disease?

If you checked two or more boxes, you may be suffering from sleep apnea or another sleep disorder. Untreated sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases, memory problems, weight gain, impotency and headaches. Fortunately, sleep apnea can treated here at our office. (303) 399-0400