If you suffer from sleep apnea, the good news is that you aren’t alone. Over 18 million Americans suffer from the disorder. The bad news is…that the bad news greatly outweighs the good news. In fact, the bad news stretches from health risks to financial risks. Yes, even financial risks…
You see, if you have sleep apnea, this condition may cause you to stop breathing for up to 40 seconds at a time, several times a night. This puts an unhealthy amount of strain on the heart and starves the body of oxygen. This results in very poor sleep and people who get very poor sleep often perform poorly at work, sometimes even missing days of work due to lack of sleep.
According to a study published by the United States, the annual losses from insomnia and poor sleeping habits comes to 63.2 billion US dollars annually. Additionally, an Australian study found that their GDP is decreased by two percent every year due to sick leave caused by insomnia and sleep apnea disorder.
So, before the financial risks hit you hard, seek treatment for your sleep apnea at Parkway Dental Care. Believe us, your health AND your wallet will thank you.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a condition that affects over 18 million people and most of those people are unaware that they have the condition. This is because the disease strikes when patients are asleep.
Obstructed sleep apnea is a condition when the patient’s throat and tongue muscles relax and block the airway. Some symptoms of this disorder include:
- Tiredness during the day
- Not reaching deep sleep
- Waking from sleep gasping for air
- Loud snoring
Anyone can have sleep apnea but men over the age of 40 who are overweight are at a heightened risk of developing the disorder.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
When you visit our office, Dr. Philip can diagnose you for the disorder. While there are many ways to treat the disorder, Dr. Philip uses oral appliances. These appliances are placed in the mouth during the night and help to reposition the muscles that usually relax. This repositioning prevents the muscles from blocking the airway. This way, you can finally enjoy a restful night of sleep and prevent the financial downfalls of this disorder!
If you are interested in being diagnosed for the disorder and seeking treatment, visit us at Parkway Dental Care or call us at (407) 932-2273 today!
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