Sleep Apnea Treatments
More than 40 million Americans are estimated to suffer from a sleep breathing disorder and 20 million suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a potentially life threatening sleep disorder that occurs when the airway temporarily collapses during sleep, preventing or restricting breathing for up to 10 seconds or more. Such events can occur several hundred times a night, severely disrupting a patients sleep. After one of these events, normal breathing starts again, sometimes with a loud snort, snore or choking sound. OSA patients commonly suffer from low oxygen levels in the blood, high blood pressure and an overall decrease in the quality of life due to daytime drowsiness and headaches.
- Loud Snoring
- Daytime Sleepiness
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Acid Reflux
- Morning Headaches
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Restless Sleep
- Waking with choking sensation
- Obesity or Large Neck Circumference
- Mouth Breathing
Sleep Apnea may be more common than you think. In many cases, Sleep Apnea will go untreated for years, which can lead to many more serious health complications down the road. According to the National Sleep Foundation:
- 1 in 4 men and 1 in 10 women suffer from some sort of sleep apnea
- Some 17% of middle-aged people have moderate sleep apnea
- Middle-aged people with severe sleep apnea were 46% more likely to die of a heart attack
- There are more than 20 million OSA patients, only 5% of which have been diagnosed and treated
- Breathing problems for as little as 11 minutes a night double the risk of death.
Sleep apnea is a potentially life threatening medical condition that requires diagnosis by a sleep physician. Here at Aspen Dental our doctors and team members have received specialized training in order to be able to provide FDA approved mandibular re-positioning devices to patients to help manage their sleep disordered breathing condition. Diagnosing sleep apnea has traditionally been an expensive and inconvenient experience. Our office works with the latest home sleep testing technology which you can wear in the comfort of your own bed at home. The ARES (Apnea Risk Evaluation System) device collects physiological data and clinical history information which is diagnosed by a board certified sleep physician to determine the presence and severity of your sleep apnea. Working in conjunction with the sleep physician and your primary care doctor, Dr. Rossow and Dr. Sales will fabricate an appliance as ordered by your physicians.
Take This Quiz to Learn More:
- Are you regularly unrefreshed, even after waking from a full nights 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 in our Denver dental office.