04 May Obstructive Sleep Apnea and its Effects
It’s estimated that 1 in 5 adults have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and 85% of those people have never been diagnosed, and don’t even know that they have a serious medical condition!
OSA is a condition where you stop actively breathing in your sleep due to muscle and tissue in the back of the throat collapsing and blocking the airway. This blockage, in turn, prevents oxygen from reaching the lungs. When you have multiple stops in breathing (apnea) or slow, shallow breathing (hypopnea) events, the oxygen in your body decreases to dangerous levels. In response to these events, your brain will try to arouse you to start breathing again.
Here are just a few of the health and social issues related to sleep-disordered breathing:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Attack and Stroke
- Acid Reflux
- Depression and Anxiety
- Excessive sleepiness
- Impaired cognition
- Motor vehicle accidents
So, how can my dentist help me with this problem?
Dr. Jeffrey Clark has been trained to screen, test and treat for this medical condition. Here at Scottsdale Dental Excellence, your North Scottsdale Dentist, we screen all of our patients with a simple questionnaire that helps identify potential sufferers. And if indicators are high enough, a simple Home Sleep Test can be ordered, utilizing your medical insurance. A physician who is board certified reviews your results and determines whether you are getting enough oxygen when you sleep.
Give us a call today for a complimentary consultation to see if you are at risk for this life-threatening problem!