Sleeping is an important part of your health and well-being.


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Sleeping is an important part of your health and well-being. A good night’s rest helps you look and feel good. Unfortunately, some people have the common sleeping disorder obstructive sleep apnea also known as Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is a disorder where a person actually STOPS breathing a few hundred times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to a minute. Imagine holding your breathe a hundred times per night for 20 seconds at a time. Stopping oxygen to your brain is bad! Serious health problems that are linked to Sleep Apnea are: high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, erectile dysfunction, morning headaches, memory loss, and in some cases death. Fortunately, there is a solution. Many people know a CPAP is used to treat Sleep Apnea. The CPAP remains the best way to treat this common sleeping disorder. Yet, many people just cannot wear one or simply refuse. Our dental professionals help to fill this gap. A dental appliance can be made to help decrease the severity of Sleep Apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Physicians has recently recommended an Oral Appliance for the treatment of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) as a primary treatment for mild to moderate Sleep Apnea and for those patients who are CPAP intolerant. This is where our doctors at Morrison Dental Group can help you get a better night’s sleep. Complete the questionnaire below to see if you are at risk for Sleep Apnea.

Risk Factors


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High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for the two leading causes of death in the United States, heart disease and stroke.

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Overweight

Overweight

The more weight or fat around the upper airway the more severe the sleep apnea.

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Snoring

Snoring

100% of people with sleep apnea snore!

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Age (Over 50)

Age (Over 50)

5-20% of the adult population have OSA and it's likely under diagnosed.

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Male

Male

Men are 2-3 times more likely to have OSA than females.

‘STOP BANG’ – Sleep Apnea Screening Questionnaire


Snoring – Do you find that you snore very loudly (Loudly enough to be heard through closed doors or to be woken by your bed partner)?

Tired – Do you often feel Tired, Fatigued, or Sleepy during the daytime (such as falling asleep during driving)?

Observed – Has anyone Observed you Stop Breathing or Choking/Gasping during your sleep?

Pressure – Do you have or are you being treated for High Blood Pressure?

Body Mass Index – Overweight patients are at a higher risk for OSA. Click HERE to calculate your BMI.

Age – Older than 50 years old?

Neck Size – (Measure around Adams Apple) Male is your shirt collar 17” or larger? Female is your shirt collar 16” or larger?

Gender – Male?


If you answered YES to three or more questions, you could be at risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Call our office today to schedule an appointment, or CLICK HERE to request an appointment online.

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