Sleep Apnea and Snoring, Clarksville VA
Snoring can be a warning sign that normal breathing is not taking place during sleep. While there are many conditions that can lead to snoring, one of the most serious is a disorder called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is very common, and affects more than twelve million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Risk factors include being overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children.
Dentists play an important role in the team approach to the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Physicians, dentists, psychologists, and respiratory therapists all pool their knowledge to treat each patient appropriately and effectively.
Dentists who are specifically trained in aspects of sleep medicine and have a command of multiple appliance modalities, such as dentist Dr. Reggie Young, are of great help to physicians in treating patients with sleep disorders.
Please call us at Clarksville Office Phone Number 434-374-2137 with any questions or concerns.
FACTS ABOUT SLEEP DISORDERS
- Approximately 45million people in the United States Snore every night.
- Left untreated, snoring increases risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Approximately 90% of sleep apnea patients are not diagnosed.
- Each year, sleep disorders add an estimated 15.9 billion dollars to the national healthcare bill.
- Hypertension is present in approximately 50% of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
- 60% of males and 40% of females over age 60 snore.
- 42% of patients with OSA report a decrease in sex drive and impotence.
Studies have shown that Sleep Apnea depletes oxygen levels in your body and could also put you at risk for congestive heart failure, coronary disease, irregular heartbeat or even sudden cardiac death.
IF LEFT UNTREATED, SLEEP APNEA CAN CONTRIBUTE TO A GROWING NUMBER OF OTHER HEATH PROBLEMS INCLUDING:
- Increased risk of depression
- Gastric reflux
- Lung Dysfunction
- Muscle pain, Restless Leg Syndrome
- Loss of short-term memory
- Fibromyalgia, pain in joints and muscles
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Weight gain
- Mood Swings
- Heart Attack
- Heart Arrhythmias
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Are you CPAP Intolerant?
- Nasal congestion
- Runny Nose
- Trouble sleeping
- Awkwardness or embarrassment
- The Mask Leaks
- Unconsciously remove CPAP at night
- The noise from the device disturbs your sleep
Call Clarksville Office Phone Number 434-374-2137 today for more information or to schedule an appointment.