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Sleep Apnea: Affects Over 20 Million Americans

Laura Heckart - Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sleep Apnea Plagues Millions of Americans

It is estimated that over 22 million people suffer from sleep apnea in The United States today. The number keeps growing, and more and more people are having their daily lives affected by the inconvenience. There are a large variety of symptoms associated with sleep apnea, and depending on the severity of the case, some symptoms may be more prominent than others (American Sleep Apnea Association, 2017).

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

  • -Dry Mouth
  • -Snoring
  • -Morning Headaches
  • -Restless Sleep
  • -Irritability
  • -Depression
  • -Difficulty with Concentration
  • -Night Sweats
  • -Gasping for Air
  • -Forgetfulness
  • -Sore Mouth
  • -Sleep Deprivation
  • -Exhaustion or Daytime Sleepiness

Any of the symptoms listed above can be directly related to sleep apnea. Those of you that have a live-in spouse and/or are married, it is common for partners of someone with sleep apnea to complain about fear of their spouse not breathing during sleep. It is very common for a spouse to become terrified that their spouse’s heart has stopped or their breath has stopped (Dream Sleep, 2017).



How Does Sleep Deprivation Affect Your Life?

Just the lack of concentration alone can wreak havoc on a person’s personal or professional life. When a person does not rest well, side effects can cause a number of challenges in life and even create turmoil in relationships and work.



How Can a Dentist Help?

Special training gives dentists the ability to screen patients for sleep apnea, or OSA, Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Studies show that one out of 5 people suffer from some sort of obstructive sleep apnea. A dentist in The Woodlands, TX at The Woodlands Dental Group can screen you today!

Home Sleep Tests in Texas, New Jersey, and Georgia are ordered by dentists that are certified for DreamSleep. The dentist collaborates with a physician to determine the results of the screening and conclude whether or not Oral Appliance Therapy is the route to take with each patient screened (Dream Sleep, 2017).



Get Screened and Identify

Training for dentists is hand-on and in-depth training to treat sleep disorders with oral appliances. Screening is made simple, traditionally, at-home sleep testing can save a patient the trip to an overnight lab for study. It is easy to schedule a screening with your dentist just as you would schedule a normal dental visit. Once you have been screened, your dentist can identify if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. The screening test can determine if an oral sleep appliance can treat your form of OSA, and if you are a candidate, your dentist will make a custom oral appliance to treat you(Dream Sleep, 2017).



Get Custom Fit Sleep Appliance

Part of sleep apnea treatment, is having a customized sleep appliance made. Many people have difficulty sleeping with a mask on that comes with traditional sleep machines. Sleep machines are noisy and take up space. Machines require maintenance from time to time, and make traveling with it an inconvenience. Having an oral appliance that treats sleep apnea or OSA can change the course of someone’s well-being. Oral Appliance Therapy is a way to take back control over your life and your relationships. Lack of restful sleep puts a strain on relationships, and the relief of a good night’s rest, can alter you day to day interactions with others. Feel better, live better, work better, and rest better (Dream Sleep, 2017).



Rest Better

By relieving the sleep apnea by way of an oral appliance, you can rest assure, knowing, that when you are behind the wheel, you are more alert, and safer. Fatigue causes a ripple effect of challenges and issues. Other health problems that are commonly associated with different forms of sleep apnea are, but not limited to:

  • -Stroke
  • -Obesity
  • -Hypertension
  • -Diabetes
  • -Depression
  • -Alzheimer’s
  • -Heart Failure

Not sleeping well has a domino effect on your health, and it does not just effect the person with sleep apnea. Fatigue or disruptive sleep affects those around you, in addition to your overall health. The longer it goes on untreated, the more people it can affect, as well as the more of an impact it has on your life (Dream Sleep, 2017).





Dream Sleep. (2017). Dream Sleep. Retrieved from

American Sleep Apnea Association. (2017). Retrieved from

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