Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the #1 untreated chronic disease in America. It is estimated that over 10% of the people suffer from this disease and most don't even know what it is, or that they have it. People who suffer from this disease have interruptions in their breathing during their sleep. This keeps them from getting enough good sleep. If left untreated OSA can lead to high blood pressure, strokes, acid reflux, diabetes and even death.
The following is a screening test for Obstructive Sleep Apnea :
- Do you snore?
- Are you excessively tired during the day?
- Have you been told you stop breathing during sleep?
- Do you have a history of high blood pressure?
- Is your neck size > 17 inches (male) or >16 inches (female)?
"Yes" to 2 or more of these questions is a positive screen for OSA. Please contact our office, as you may need a sleep study.
If you would like more information about Obstructive Sleep Apnea, I would like to refer you to the website of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) www.aadsm.org/