This important study brings our attention to how dangerous undiagnosed and untreated Sleep Apnea really is. According to this 10 yr and 6,441 member study, severe Sleep Apnea increases the risk from heart related problems by 46 per cent. Moderate Sleep Apnea risk for untreated and undiagnosed individuals is increase by 17 per cent.
With this new study, the importance of doctors and dentists scanning their patients for possible Sleep Apnea or Upper Airway breathing problems is imperative. Snoring is usually a Big Sign of upper airway constriction.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea can involve surgery, using a CPAP or a MORA sleep appliance.
Regardless of a Public or Private Option on Health Care, this problem must be addressed in order to lower deaths as well as increased cost from treating heart diseases related to Sleep Apnea.
Dr Lowrance is a Family Practice Dentist in Corpus Christi, TX. He is also a board certified Clinical Nutritionist and regularly counsels his patients on good nutrition. He also treats TMJ and headache patients using neuromuscular principles and treats Sleep Apnea patients as well as snoring problems. He sees patients who are CPAP intolerant and want an alternative to the “machine”.
Dr Lowrance is Fellow of the Las Vegas Institute and advanced Cosmetic Dentist. He is on the leading edge of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Visit his website at CCSmiles.com.