Sleep Disorders

According to the National

Institutes of Health…

Over 70 million Americans suffer from sleep-related problems that

annually add approximately $16 billion to the national health care bill.

These estimates do not include the costs to society in connection with related

health problems, accidents, and the loss of worker productivity. In fact, the Centers

for Disease Control have labeled sleep disorders a national health epidemic.

Despite several years of research and an industry that began in the late 50s,

sleep disorders remain largely undiagnosed and untreated. The reason that

so many Americans suffer from these disorders is that the healthcare community

and the public remain largely uninformed

(or misinformed) about these issues.

To date, there are over 100 recognized sleep disorders that range from

feeling tired throughout the day to difficulties falling or staying asleep. Familiar conditions

include Insomnia, Narcolepsy, and Restless Legs Syndrome.

• Snoring

• Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)

• Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

However, some of the most common conditions are:

Sleep disorders affect people of all ages, from infants to the elderly

population, and of all ethnic backgrounds and body types (athletic to obese).

However, some sleep disorders (such as sleep apnea)

are considered a life-threatening condition that requires

immediate attention.

Excessive Daytime

Sleepiness and

Related Conditions

A common symptom of sleep disorders is Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (EDS).

This is a feeling of being tired or fatigued throughout the day no matter how many hours you slept before.

EDS contributes to many vehicle and work-related accidents and is often a sign

of a serious chronic condition.

 

Patients that suffer from sleep disorders have been found to suffer from

other related conditions such as:

• Disruptive Snoring

• Excessive Sleepiness

• High Blood Pressure

• Obesity

• Diabetes

• Cardiovascular Disease

• Depression

• Cancer

Treatment Options

Many options exist to treat the variety of sleep-related conditions that patients

may suffer from. These treatments may range from surgery, medical devices such as CPAP

(Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), or dental devices.

 

However, before any treatment is provided, patients

must be diagnosed with a condition by properly trained and

certified physicians. The diagnosis is completed after patients have undergone

a sleep study that evaluates how the patient sleeps.

There are two primary types of sleep studies:

• Overnight Sleep Test at a specialized facility or

•  A Home Sleep Test where the patient is provided with sleep study equipment

to self-administer the test.

The majority of sleep-related conditions that patients suffer from

are connected to breathing disorders. Dentists properly trained in sleep medicine

can effectively evaluate, treat, and manage patients with these conditions.

 

Depending on the severity and type of the disorder, dental professionals

may prescribe oral devices to properly treat and manage sleep conditions. In some cases,

combination therapy may be required where patients use two types of therapeutic devices

(such as a dental appliance and a CPAP machine) to treat their condition.

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your dental sleep patients.

 

Delivering care to a highly under-served, sleep-deprived population is one of the

most rewarding experiences you and your team will enjoy. Do it with ease

and confidence by working with SleepArchiTx.

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