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June is Men's Health Awareness Month

June 7, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Jason Keledjian
Happy Dental Patient | Madera CA Dentist

Since June is National Men’s Health Month, it is a good time to bring awareness to a serious condition that affects men nearly twice as much as women. According to the National Sleep Foundation, between 4-6% of American men receive a sleep apnea diagnosis each year.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

OSA, the most common form of sleep apnea, is about more than just disruptive snoring. While snoring can be a loud and clear alarm for OSA, the health risks go far beyond those of restless nights. With sleep apnea, your airway closes due to excessive tissue near the back of your throat, your tongue falling into your airway, or because of your throat anatomy.

Obstructive sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing while you sleep. When you stop breathing, your body sends a signal to your brain to awaken you so that you begin breathing again. These constant interruptions in breathing create oxygen deprivation. Sometimes you might awaken dozens to hundreds of times each night. Oxygen deprivation and loss of sleep can cause a number of serious health conditions such as:

  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Neurological dysfunction
  • Reduced awareness
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Inability to solve problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

If you awaken tired even after a full night’s sleep, it is a good indicator that you could have OSA. Often, your partner may complain of excessive snoring or that you stop breathing during the night. Certain risk factors increase your likelihood of OSA:

  • Being male
  • Over 60 years old
  • Overweight
  • Alcohol use
  • Large neck circumference
  • Certain medications
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history

Treatment for OSA is effective and easier than ever. Often a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is the first recommendation for treatment. However, many people find successful treatment for mild to moderate OSA with oral appliance therapy.

Let Keledjian Dental help

We offer sleep apnea treatment with oral appliance therapy at Keledjian Dental. Sleep apnea must be diagnosed by an accredited sleep clinic under the supervision of a qualified doctor. If you already have your diagnosis, please give us a call and schedule a consultation.

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