Sleep Apnea kills State Congressman

State Rep. Robert C. Donatucci, 58, 


died asleep in his bed in South Philadelphia early Tuesday.  His death was related to sleep apnea, for which he was being treated, said his brother Ronald, the city register of wills.

He had been at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital about a week earlier for a sleep study, his brother said.  He found the mask uncomfortable and did not complete the test, but had resolved to lose a few pounds.  He had no history of heart problems. Fire and Rescue were called to the house when his wife discovered he was not breathing.

The precise cause of Rep. Donatucci's death was not immediately known. His brother said a doctor had told him the death was related to sleep apnea.  Sleep apnea is getting more and more attention every day, as we hear about people "dying in their sleep" .

Sleep apnea is treated very effectively with CPAP masks. 

While the CPAP mask is very effective in treating sleep apnea, many people like Donatucci find it "uncomfortable" and do not wear it.  This is were dentistry has some help.  There are many different oral appliances that can help treat this deadly disease.  I, myself, wear one religiously every night.  I do not want to wake up dead!! 

If you or someone you know snores or has any other sleepy symptoms, be sure and have them tested and treated for this deadly disease!!!