Drowsy Driving and Your Dentist

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 9:29 pm

Drowsy driving is a serious public health issue and driving without adequate sleep can compromise your judgement and reflexes as much as driving under the influence. Reaction times are delayed, decision making skills are reduced and it is almost impossible to remain alert and attentive to the road when your eyes desperately want to close. The American Association of Sleep Medicine is stepping up their efforts to make these facts known.

It is estimated that drowsy driving causes about 328,000 crashes, including 6,400 fatalities, each year. One big reason for sleepiness behind the wheel are sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder that causes people to stop breathing during sleep. This happens many, many times each night depending upon the severity of the case.

Why is your dentist talking about drowsy driving and obstructive sleep apnea? Because a dentist who has been trained in dental sleep medicine can offer a highly effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea that avoids the masks, hoses and machines associated with CPAP therapy. An oral appliance is  able to keep the airway open throughout the night, treating obstructive sleep apnea in a comfortable and unobtrusive manner.

How do you know you have sleep apnea? If you have been told you snore loudly, gasp during sleep, feel sleepy throughout the day, have experienced weight gain, increased blood pressure and wake feeling unrefreshed following sleep you may have obstructive sleep apnea. The first step is getting a proper diagnosis and then deciding on treatment.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 406-391-8777 to schedule your sleep apnea consultation today. Drowsy driving is dangerous, but getting a healthy night of sleep can keep your eyes on the road.

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