Do You Snore, Have Daytime Sleepiness or Sleep Apnea?
- A. Vandiveer Strait, BA, DDS, FAGD
You should know that Dentists have become involved because 90% of People with significant Sleep Airway Health issues are undiagnosed and up to 80% of people being treated with a CPAP are intolerant or are not successfully treated. At Wilton Dental Associates we offer you free Airway health screenings using the newest most sophisticated technology.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which your breathing is impaired or completely stops repeatedly. You can have multiple episodes of over a minute and a half without any oxygen while they’re sound asleep! Most common symptoms include loud snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, and high blood pressure. Other symptoms associated are acid reflux, insomnia, morning headaches, diabetes, and bruxism or grinding.
Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea can take up to 12-15 years off your life and has a 46% increased risk of death. We think this is serious enough to be very concerned for all of our patients and our community. For comparison smoking only takes 7 – 10 years off your life and Diabetes 5 – 10 years.
There is an urgent need to increase awareness about this serious condition that currently affects over 40 million Americans; 9 out of 10 people are not aware that they have it or what it is. Dental offices like Wilton Dental Associates are a primary source of early detection with the use of screening history’s and the use of high tech Pharyngometric and Rhinometric sonar technology and work directly with Sleep MD’s and medical insurance to make sure people get accurate diagnosis and the best treatment.
Dentists like Dr. Strait are a primary source of retainer like appliances for the treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea. Treatment for Sleep Apnea by a dentist is normally covered by medical insurance. At Wilton Dental Associates your care is also covered by Medicare.
If you or someone close to you snores or if you suspect you or a loved one may be experiencing a sleep disorder, don’t hesitate to call us and find out how we can help you sleep better and improve any related symptoms. Our office is trained, fully qualified, and equipped with the latest technology in the field of sleep medicine. We offer free screenings for potential sleep disorders as part of our general exam for new patients as well as current ones.
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