Sleep Apnea

It's more than the snore

What is Apnea?

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Snoring is NOT cool! We all have stories about someone we know who rattles the walls (maybe it’s you). What you may not know is that it can be deadly. The classic snoring sound is caused by a partial obstruction of the airway in the back of the throat. If you have heard a snoring person suddenly stop breathing, then gasp for air, you have witnessed an ‘apnea’. These partial reductions and complete pauses typically last between 10 and 30 seconds. These pauses can happen hundreds of times a night, leading to abrupt reductions in blood oxygen levels. The brain alerts the body to its lack of oxygen, causing a brief arousal from sleep that restores normal breathing. The result is a fragmented quality of sleep. Also, the heart rate and blood pressure increase dramatically. it is potentially life threatening.

Health Risks?

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Obstructive sleep apnea has been shown to: increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 300-400%, increase blood sugar, complicate diabetes control, increase blood pressure and has been shown to decrease life expectancy by 10-20 years. It can result in sudden death during sleep. Additionally, the disrupted sleep pattern caused by apnea prevents a person from achieving recuperative sleep, which results in excessive daytime sleepiness, increased incidences of work and driving-related accidents, chronic fatigue and in some cases, depression and chronic pain.

Do I have OSA?

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Nearly 50% of people who snore loudly have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea often results in a feeling of excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue and a general lack of energy. It is also highly correlated with morning time headache, migraine headache, depression, acid reflux disease and tooth grinding. It has even been shown to decrease cognitive thinking ability over time. Indicators: Non-restful sleep, Excessive daytime fatigue, Morning headaches, Migraine headaches , Clenching/grinding teeth, Acid reflux disease, High blood pressure, Heart attack, Stroke, Depression, Diabetes, Memory loss, Obesity, Decreased sex drive, Neck sizes of 16” or greater in women (increased risk), Neck sizes of 17” or greater in men (increased risk).

Did You Know?

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Sleep apnea is a common, progressive disease, which affects a large segment of our population. According to the Institute of Medicine of National Academies, an estimated 60-70 million people in the United States, including children, suffer from chronic sleep disorders and approximately 20 million have Obstructed Sleep Apnea (OSA). Over 80% of these people are either undiagnosed or in denial. Sleep apnea impacts both women and men, although it is more common with men. The number of people with apnea increases with age. For people 65 and older, apnea affects as many as 65%!

Dr. Godwin
Dr. JC Goodwin, founder and Dental Sleep Medicine expert, has a solution that can help you get a restful nights' sleep!

JC Goodwin, DMD, DACSDD, DABDSM, was in private dental practice in Prescott, AZ from 1987 to 2011. His professional philosophy has always included an aggressive policy of learning, sharing and continued development. He created a professional study club in Prescott aligned with the Richard Tucker study group, mentored by Dr. James Sickler, and participated for twelve years. He has trained with the Schuster Center for Professional Development, with Dr. David Baird studying advanced dental ceramic placement, and with Dr. Steven Olmos who teaches treatment techniques for facial pain, chronic headache, and TMJ disorders.

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Case Studies

Believe it or not - men, women, and children all suffer from OSA. Here are some case studies and anecdotes we hope you find helpful.

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