January 30, 2017
Did you know that Sleep Disorders are becoming a growing concern in our society? It affects millions of Americans. It is not uncommon for patients to describe trouble sleeping, excessive daytime sleepiness, snoring, inability to sleep, and even stopping breathing during the night.
Sleep apnea can occur in anyone and at any age. During apnic events a person repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. Most people do not realize they have a sleep disorder. Usually it is a sleep partner or family member who notices the gasps for air and or loud snoring.
While lifestyle changes may help treat mild cases of sleep apnea, more severe cases will need to be monitored by a sleep professional. Untreated sleep apnea can cause a host of problems including heart issues, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Treatment of sleep apnea includes keeping the airway open in order to maintain a constant flow of air. As we mentioned a few moments ago, lifestyle change is one method used in mild cases. In moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea, dental devices are used to pull the lower jaw forward and keep the airway open. When a dental device is not enough to maintain a healthy airway, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device is used. We can be reached at the Lima Oral Sleep Center located inside of Lima Dental Associates by calling 419-224-7667 for any questions you have about sleep apnea. Information is also available on our website at www.limadental.net.
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