Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dr. Oz Confronts Sleep Apnea

“If you're at risk for sleep apnea (for instance, if you smoke, are overweight or have high blood pressure, among other factors), get diagnosed and treated,” Dr. Mehmet Oz tells USA Weekend readers.


In fact, it’s one of his top 16 healthy tips for feeling better in 2010.


After decades of clinical practice, Dr. Oz knows that getting sleep is one of the most important aspects of staying healthy.


If we want to have better long-term and short-term health, we need to make certain choices. One of these choices involves improving our sleep quality.


It’s hard to improve your sleep if you are one of the many Americans who unknowingly suffer from a sleep disorder. Unfortunately, 80 to 90 percent of people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) go undiagnosed and untreated. There are some common risk factors that you can read about here.


If you do have OSA, oral appliance therapy (OAT) is one of your treatment options. Many dentists are trained to treat sleep apnea using oral appliances that keep the airway open during sleep. These devices work by moving the lower jaw forward.


Patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea sometimes choose to use OAT because oral appliances are non-invasive and silent. Severe sleep apnea patients who cannot tolerate CPAP, the standard treatment therapy, may also want to ask their physician about OAT.


If better health if your goal, it’s important to consider the signs of OSA. Sleep apnea can be confused with snoring, but it is much more dangerous. It often causes loud gasping, choking or snorting sounds during sleep.


If you think you may have sleep apnea, take control of your health and visit a sleep center.

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