One in five people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which is also referred to as sleep disordered breathing. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is repeatedly blocked causing you to snore or gasp for air. Quality sleep is crucial for the body to heal itself, for growth to occur and for optimal health.
Left untreated, sleep disorders can lead to:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attacks
- Congestive heart failure
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Increased risk of diabetes
The UT Dentistry Sleep Disorders Center screens for sleep-related breathing disorders with easy, painless at home screening. There are multiple ways to improve one's quality of sleep, including CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) devices featuring a mask and a machine. For alternatives to a CPAP, our experts offer a customized oral appliance to be worn inside the mouth at night.
For additional information on sleep apnea, visit sleepeducation.org.