Do you find yourself being poked by your spouse at night for snoring too loudly? Maybe you wake feeling tired despite having slept all night? If this sounds familiar, you could be among the 22 million Americans who are suffering from a disorder known as sleep apnea. This condition causes you to stop breathing frequently throughout the night due an obstruction in the airway. While it may seem like the only complications are snoring and feeling tired, this is not true. In fact, leaving the condition untreated could cause potentially deadly issues to develop. To protect your general health and quality of life, sleep dentistry in Arlington Heights has the solutions that you need.
Hidden Risks of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that can affect people of all ages. Due to the symptoms often appearing while sleeping, many people may not know that they have the condition. In fact, it is estimated that as much as 80% of those with mild to moderate cases of the sleep disorder remain undiagnosed.
With the rates of untreated sleep apnea so high, it is creating quite the health crisis. According to a new report by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, undiagnosed sleep apnea resulted in $150 billion costs in the United States in 2015. In addition, it is estimated that those who are untreated cost $87 billion in lost productivity each year as it decreases cognitive abilities. It is also responsible for causing millions of dollars per year in workplace and auto accidents due to causing sleep deprivation.
With the disorder taking a serious toll on your general health, it is known to increase the risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. Not to mention, it can also cause diabetes and depression. As a result, the total health care and medication costs that are related to leaving it untreated results in $30 million each year.
Make a Positive Impact
If you currently have untreated sleep apnea or suspect that you have the condition, you can make a positive impact in your health and quality of life by seeking sleep apnea therapy in Arlington Heights. Not only will you restore your sleep quality, but you will reduce your risk for developing potentially deadly health complications.
However, your life is not the only area to be positively impacted by the treatment. You will help to reduce the health crisis that the sleep disorder is causing in the United States.
Make a Difference Today
If you are ready to sleep and breathe easier, it is time to schedule a consultation with your dentist. Your dentist has the solutions that you need to treat the condition to restore your quality of life.
About Dr. Brian Zulawinski
Dr. Brian Zulawinski provides comprehensive dental services to promote your oral health. In addition, he offers many areas of specialized care, including the treatment of sleep apnea. If you are ready to take control of the sleep disorder, contact our office today to schedule a consultation for treatment.