Published: 09/15/2017

These two symptoms are often associated with millions of people who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). One of the most underdiagnosed medical conditions in the United States and abroad, sleep apnea can, and does, affect the health of sufferers to a startling degree.

Of the few that have been actually diagnosed with OSA, most are treated with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), but many cannot tolerate the cumbersome machine and essentially go untreated. The Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) has thousands of trained dentists, like me, who treat sleep apnea with a more patient-preferred method: by using an oral device.

Common Symptoms of OSA                                               

The concern is that 85% of people with undiagnosed OSA may end up suffering from systemic issues, including:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

OSA can even increase the chance of sudden death. The economic impact of untreated obstructive sleep apnea has been estimated to cost between $65-$165 billion annually. The key is identifying those who suffer from sleep apnea or insomnia and get those patients tested. Only then can treatment begin.

Snoring Is Not “Normal”

You don’t have to suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness. Many dental sleep medicine experts agree that how we breathe determines our health, performance and quality of life. Today still only 15% of affected people have their airway/sleep problems recognized and adequately diagnosed and treated. Our dental team plays a “frontline” role in this process. The CPAP machine is time-tested and effective form of treatment for OSA and works great for many. Sleep dentistry is a great treatment option if the CPAP therapy does not work.

Screening and testing for this common condition is easy. Do it today and start to feel more energetic and healthy! Call me, Dr. Weigand, at 509-747-5812.

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