Sleep apnea and snoring facts

Sleep apnea is a condition in which the airway completely closes when a person sleeps. Here are some facts about snoring and sleep apnea:

  • In the USA, 75 million people suffer from snoring.
  • As many as 18 million Americans suffer from undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea.
  • Snoring and sleep apnea increase the risk of hypertension, heart disease and stroke.
  • Oral appliances offer non-invasive treatment to sleep apnea. Surgery is invasive and costly with unpredictable results, while the CPAP is worn by less than 50% of its owners because of discomfort.
  • 60% of males and 40% of females over the age of 60 snore.
  • Loudness of snoring can reach as high as 90 decibels, the range that ear protectors are required in the workplace.
  • Several states in the USA have announced legislation that requires commercial drivers undergo medical evaluation for sleep disorders before issuing renewal licenses.
  • Recently published research establishes dental appliances as the first line of treatment for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. In a study, ten of the eleven patients successfully treated for sleep apnea, with both the CPAP and a dental appliance preferred the dental appliance as their long term treatment option.

Full Article: Sleep Apnea
Source: Breathing Easier
In French: À propos de l’apnée du sommeil et le ronflement

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