Phoenix Dentist Shares how Treating Sleep Apnea Can Change Your Life
Does your partner complain about your snoring? Do you have trouble staying awake during the day? Do you have other chronic issues like high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes or depression? If so, you might be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea — but you don’t have to keep living this way.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects more than 23 million people, and 90 percent aren’t aware they have it. Left untreated, Obstructive Sleep Apnea increases your risk for serious health problems, including Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease stroke, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), depression, weight gain and obesity, memory problems and fatigue.
How Do I Know if I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
A simple screening quiz can help you determine whether you might have sleep apnea.
- Do you snore loudly?
- Are you tired during the day?
- Are you overweight?
- Are you over 50 years old?
- Has anyone seen you stop breathing or gasp for air while you sleep?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Do you have Type 2 Diabetes?
- Do you suffer from depression?
If you answered yes to three or more questions, or even just to No. 5, you should seek professional help.
What Do I Do If I Think I Might Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Diagnosis usually involves seeing a sleep specialist for a consultation and taking part in a sleep study. Our obstructive sleep apnea expert at Dental on Central can review your symptoms and help you find a sleep specialist, and we can help treat your condition once you have an official diagnosis.
Meet Dr. White, Our Resident Sleep Dentistry Expert
Our sleep dentist, Dr. Bruce White, has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. He’s an adjunct professor at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and he serves as a director of the dental sleep medicine course with their graduate program. You can read more about him here.
Sleep Dentistry at Dental on Central
With the leadership of Dr. Bruce White, we believe we can make a huge difference in the quality of life for our patients who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Give us a call today at 602.266.1776, or use our Contact form to request more information.