Sleep Apnea – Basic Facts

Sleep Apnea – Basic Facts

Posted by Dr. Abeyta on Dec 15 2008, 02:25 AM

While 1 in 22 Americans are known to have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the undiagnosed population is believed to be twice that number.

OSA is an epidemic linked to these risk factors:

  • Obesity
  • Aging
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Menopause – with estrogen depletion

Consequences of OSA include:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

The most common remedy for OSA is CPAP.  Many patients are unable to wear a CPAP machine.  Dental appliances can be extremely effective in cases of mild to moderate OSA.

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