A life-threatening condition is undiagnosed in 85% of Americans.
If you or a loved one snores, ask your dentist if a Snore Device is a good fit. Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
The facts behind snoring and why it should NOT be ignored
Snoring is more than just a loud and annoying noise, it can be an indicator of a Sleep Breathing Disorder (SBD) such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) that can be very serious:
-70% of heart attack patients have OSA -43% of patients with mild OSA have high blood pressure -100,000 car accidents annually are connected to drivers with OSA -86% of obese type 2 diabetic patients suffer from sleep apnea -OSA patients have 4x more at risk for stroke
Approximately 42 million Americans have an SBD and 85% have been undiagnosed.
It can also affect a person’s concentration and fitness to a great degree. Even young adults and children can suffer from it.
The most common form of SBD is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a medical condition where your tongue and soft tissues close off your airway and stop air from entering your lungs.
-Sleep Apnea can also cause memory problems, weight gain, impotence, and headaches if not treated. -Untreated OSA can lead to a 30% or higher reduced survivability rate over the course of 20 years. -Drowsy driving is responsible for, at the very least, 100,000 car accidents, 40,000 injuries, and 1,550 deaths per year. -Approximately 38,000 deaths occur on an annual basis that relates to cardiovascular problems that in one way or another are connected to Sleep Apnea. These problems include high blood pressure, hypertension, and stroke, among others.
Some Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea
-Inconsistent breathing during sleep -Snoring -Hypertension -Depression -Obesity -Gasping, choking, or coughing during sleep -Extreme sleepiness throughout the day -Lethargic feelings -Morning headaches -Lack of interest in hobbies -Dry mouth and/or sore throat in the morning -Irregular heartbeat -Trouble concentrating or remembering things
If you have any of these signs/symptoms above, our well-trained staff is ready to HELP YOU and YOUR LOVED ONES with your questions and schedule you for an evaluation.
The good news is that, in partnership with our medical team colleagues, Happy Smile Team can be a significant help to you.
Here is a quick OSA simple Self- Assessment that you can for yourself. Answer the questions below and share your results with us for evaluation.
Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0=would never doze or sleep 1=slight chance of dozing or sleeping 2=moderate chance of dozing or sleeping 3=high chance of dozing or sleeping
Sitting and reading__________
Sitting, inactive in a public place___________
As a passenger in a car for an hour or more ____________
Lying down to rest in the afternoon__________
Sitting and talking to someone____________
Sitting quietly after a lunch (without alcohol) ___________
Stopped for a few minutes in traffic while driving____________