According to a Harvard Health Report there are 18.9 million cases of undiagnosed cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and 40% (1.3 million) of CPAP users are non – compliant. Most of these people could be helped by a dentist trained in Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).
If you think that you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, please answer the following questions. If you answered yes to one or more of the following conditions, please contact our office to set up an appointment:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Dry mouth or throat
- Headaches upon awakening
- Being sleepy during daily activities (reading, watching TV, driving, etc.)
- Sudden shortness of breath upon awakening – with a jolt, gasp, or cough
- Trouble staying asleep
Children with OSA
The Stanford school of medicine states that about 10% of children 10 years of age and younger snore. Of those children who snore, about 20% will have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Figuring out if your child has Sleep Apnea or ADHD can start by answering the following questions:
- Does your child snore?
- Does your child stop breathing for a few seconds when sleeping?
- Does your child sleep through the night?
- Is he / she a restless sleeper?
- Is there frequent bed wetting?
- Does your child seem irritable during the day and/or have trouble focusing?
- Are there periods of hyperactivity?
An excellent true example can be seen on youtube “Finding Keegon Conner”