Sleep Apnea causes Drowsy Driving

Sleep Apnea causes Drowsy Driving

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Feb 24 2009, 02:10 AM

Sleep disorders like sleep apnea and snoring are now rated as the leading cause of car crashes. This is more than drunk driving. Many states have laws against drowsy driving similar to drunk driving laws. Data newly available suggests that a drowsy driver has a 700% increase in chances of experiencing a car crash compared to an alert driver. Sleep apnea treatment can lessen incidence of drowsy driving. Sometimes CPAP and BiPAP is necessary, but many patients sleep better with simple dental appliances or sleep hygiene.

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