Many people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea don’t even know they have it!
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a far bigger problem than many people realize. In our last blog, we went over what exactly OSA is, how it could affect your life and how it frequently is not recognized as a significant health risk. Unfortunately, if you don’t get OSA treated, it can put you at a higher risk for a variety of health issues, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Severe OSA, if untreated, can lead to stroke or hear attack. However, you can’t seek treatment for a problem when you don’t know that you have it! Check out the risk factors of OSA listed below. If you can answer “yes” to at least three of them, then you are at risk for OSA.
- Do you snore?
- Do you feel sleepy, fatigued or tired during the day?
- Do you have high blood pressure, or are you currently taking medication to control high blood pressure?
- Have you stopped breathing while sleeping, or has anyone witnessed you stop breathing?
- Do you have wear or chipping of your front teeth?
- Does your tongue feel too big for your mouth?
- Do you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 or greater?
- Do you fall asleep while reading or watching TV?
- If you are a male, is the circumference of your neck greater than 17 inches? If you are a female, is the circumference of your neck greater than 16 inches?
Are you at risk for OSA?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, contact us at James Otten Dentistry as soon as possible. We specialize in providing dental care alternatives that can improve both your health and your sleep, and our sleep apnea treatments have helped many of our clients to feel refreshed and energized in the morning rather than tired and sluggish.