Individuals with the sleep breathing disorder, sleep apnea, can have their breathing interrupted as frequently as 300 times per night. Most sufferers of the sleep breathing disorder have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when the tongue and other soft tissues block the airway during sleep. It is estimated that 20% (1 in 5) of adults have mild OSA and 1 in 15 have moderate to severe OSA. These figures, however, do not include the estimated 75% who are undiagnosed.
Most people associate sleep apnea with one of its most common signs, snoring, and assume this is the only concern. Snoring, however disruptive it may be, is the least severe symptom of the sleep breathing disorder. In fact, sleep apnea puts sufferers at significantly increased risk of death, reducing an individual’s estimated 20-year survival rate by at least 30%. This increased risk of death is due to several side effects of the sleep breathing disorder, including:
In addition to the life-threatening side effects of sleep apnea, the sleep breathing disorder also leads to a whole host of additional symptoms, such as:
Sleep apnea also causes sleep disruptions, insomnia and nightmares.
At Schaffer Dental Excellence, we treat patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea with an alternative to the bulky CPAP machine, the ProSomnus Sleep Device. Worn at night, this sleek mouth guard prevents the tongue and soft tissues from collapsing and blocking the airway, allowing you to breath freely. To learn more about sleep apnea or to schedule a sleep apnea appointment, contact our office today.