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. That 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 airflow restrictions 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. This increases the heart rate, the blood pressure and load on the heart. Now it has progressed from snoring to sleep apnea and is potentially life-threatening. Also, the brain alerts the body to its lack of oxygen causing a brief arousal from sleep in an effort to restore normal breathing. The result is a fragmented quality of sleep, hence fatigue.

Health Risks?

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Obstructive sleep apnea has been shown to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by 300-400%, increases blood sugar and complicates diabetes control, increases blood pressure and has been shown to decrease life expectancy by 10-20 years. It can result in sudden death during sleep. Sleep apnea is also correlated with cardiac arrhythmia, dementia, and other serious health issues.

These individuals are at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke due to the fact that the entire body, especially the heart, is under high levels of stress during sleep, working overtime to pump more blood to the brain to compensate for the loss of oxygen.

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Who's At Risk?

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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, nearly 70 million people in the United States, including children, suffer from chronic sleep disorders and approximately 20 million have Obstructive 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. It gets worse as we grow older…if you get a chance to grow older. The number of people with apnea increases with age and for people 65 and older, apnea affects as many as 65%!

Did You Know?

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50% of people who snore loudly have sleep apnea. If you or your loved one has moderate to loud snoring, with or without other symptoms, you should contact your physician or a sleep apnea specialist for further testing.

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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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