For Weston Patients – Sleep Apnea by the Numbers
If you live in Weston and having difficulty getting a good night’s sleep; if your drowsy during the day and just lack the energy you once had, you may be one of the millions of Americans suffering from sleep apnea. Approximately 42 million Americans have a form of sleep apnea and 1 out of 15 suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) which can have serious health implications.
Dr. Stephen J. Pyle, Weston’s first dentist, is trained and qualified to diagnose OSA and works closely with sleep disorder MDs in treating the condition with dental appliances. A supporter of educating the public on health issues, Dr. Pyle offers up these facts and statistics about a condition that can adversely affect your health that is woefully under diagnosed:
Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Waking up with a headache
- A frequent need to urinate during the night
- Nighttime gasping or coughing
- Excessive drowsiness during the day
You are a prime candidate for OSA if you:
- Are a male
- If you are obese
- If you smoke or drink excessively
- If you have a large neck size
- If you have hypertension
- If there is a family history of obstructive sleep apnea
The Cost of Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea
- People with moderate to severe sleep apnea are 15 times more likely to be involved in a traffic accident.
- Treating all U.S. drivers with OSA would save over $11 billion in accident related costs and save nearly 1,000 lives a year.
- Undiagnosed sufferers used $200,000 more in health care in the 2 years prior to diagnosis than diagnosed persons.
- Total cost of sleepiness is $43 to $51 billion per year.
Sleep apnea can contribute to hypertension, stroke and heart attack. It is a huge American health problem that continues to go undiagnosed simply because we believe that “being exhausted” is a normal condition in today’s hectic life.
OSA can now be treated with a simple dental appliance that worn at night that positions the lower jaw slightly forward preventing the airway from collapsing. The device is comfortable, effective, allows normal speech and even allows sipping water. The device has to be custom fitted and for that we recommend you visit Dr. Pyle in Weston.
Have questions? Give us a call and we will be happy to offer answers.