Find out if you could possibly have sleep apnea with The Epworth Sleepiness Scale.
Read more about Snoring from Dr. Tsar’s published article “Is snoring ruining your relationship?”
Loud snoring can keep those around you from getting good rest and eventually disrupt your relationships. It’s not uncommon for a partner to go to another room, or even on another floor of the house, to be able to sleep.
Snoring can also be an indication of a more serious medical problem called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Although awareness of this potentially deadly sleep disorder has increased in both the public eye and the health care profession, it is thought that only about 10 percent of those who suffer from OSA are undergoing treatment.
Because OSA intermittently deprives your body of oxygen, it typically results in increased heart rate and blood pressure. Untreated, OSA can increase your risk for serious health problems including:Heart attack, Stroke, High blood pressure, Hypertension, Cardiac arrhythmia.
In addition, because your brain suffers from oxygen deprivation and must constantly awaken to restore breathing, you may never reach the deeper, restorative stages of sleep. People who suffer from OSA experience daytime sleepiness, memory loss, and an inability to concentrate. This can be very dangerous.
The primary problem with diagnosing and treating OSA is that sleep apnea falls between the cracks of medical professions. Few physicians have specialized training in assessing and treating sleep apnea.
That said, a growing number of dentists are pursuing sleep apnea education at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), the world’s premier postgraduate dental institution. These progressive dentists have developed an understanding of OSA screening, treatment and patient support.
Dental appliances are the most convenient form of sleep apnea treatment, and for the mild-to-moderate sleep apnea patient it offers significant reductions in apneas and a reduction in the volume and occurrence of snoring. If you are interested in finding out how Dr. Tsar can treat your sleep apnea or snoring, please call our office and ask for a for a consultation.