Up to 85 percent of people with clinically significant sleep apnea have never even been diagnosed.
Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 23, 2014
According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, including an astounding one in four women over 65. Sleep apnea is much more common in men than in women… one study shows that an adult male has a 50% chance of developing this condition. While sleep apnea is more common in men, it increases in women after age 50. In fact, some researchers estimate that up to 85 percent of people with clinically significant sleep apnea have never even been diagnosed.
In other words… sleep apnea is likely the most undiagnosed condition in medicine today.
The most common form of this silent killer – obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA - causes sufferers to either stop breathing periodically throughout the night or to breathe so shallowly that the oxygenation level of their blood plummets, leaving their bodies in an almost nightlong state of metabolic panic. In severe cases, a person suffering from OSA may wake up dozens of times an hour; yet, these micro-awakenings aren't usually conscious ones, so you might not even know they're even happening. This is much more than just a tiring nuisance. People with OSA are at greater risk of developing a litany of medical conditions, including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Disease
- Heart Attacks
- Silent Strokes
- Small Brain Lesions
- Sudden Death
Sleep apnea has been definitively linked to dementia in older women, and one study even found that women with untreated severe OSA are 3.5 times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease. Some of the more obvious symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Daytime Sleepiness
- Falling Asleep During The Day
- Never Feeling Well Rested
- Trouble Falling Asleep At Night
- Waking Throughout The Night
- Chronic Snoring
- Morning Headaches
- Poor Memory
- Bad Moods
- Trouble Concentrating
- Difficulty Making Decisions
Partners of individuals with OSA may complain that they snore excessively; they may also note hearing actual pauses in their partner's breathing, which often resumes with grunts, gasps or snorts.
Until recently, screening tests for sleep apnea necessitated a “sleep study,” which involved one or more overnight stays at a sleep center. In addition to the stress of trying to sleep in an uncomfortable environment, these in-depth studies are extremely expensive and oftentimes face insurance coverability issues.
The Rohrer Dental Wellness Center has invested in cutting edge sleep study technology that enables you to have an initial screening for this life-threatening condition in the comfort of your own bed, at a fraction of the cost.
About Rohrer Cosmetic Restorative Dentistry
Established in 1987 in Delray Beach, FL by Drs. Tom and Joy Rohrer, Rohrer Dental Wellness Center combines modern dental care with alternative therapy in the framework of whole body health. From veneers and porcelain crowns, to safe amalgam removal and Compatibility Testing, Rohrer Dentistry offers patients only the finest materials and biocompatible products. Where applicable, the practice also uses complimentary treatments such as diet counseling, deep relaxation, aromatherapy and natural detoxification. This integrated and holistic approach to dental care is performed in a comfortable, spa-like setting.