In a previous blog, we talked about the common sleep disorder called sleep apnea and how oral appliances may be able to help.
If you are affected by this problem, you are far from alone. Did you know that an estimated 70 million U.S. adults are affected by sleep disorders including sleep apnea? About 4 out of every 100 middle-aged men and 2 out of every 100 middle-aged women have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to the National Institutes of Health.
Sleep apnea literally means “cessation of breath.” OSA occurs when the muscles of your throat relax and narrow during sleep, blocking your airway as you try to breathe. This blockage leads to snoring sounds and jerking as the patient gasps to reopen his or her airway. OSA prevents a restful night’s sleep, and over time, increases your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.More