Dr. Avi Weisfogel, founder of Dental Sleep Masters says there are essentially three factors about obstructive sleep apnea you’re probably not aware of:
- Obstructive sleep apnea is very common: recent studies have shown that at least 2% of women and 4% of men between the ages of 30 and 60 have sleep apnea requiring treatment.
- Patients with obstructive sleep apnea are often limited in their performance by the disease, and they, more often than not, have pronounced fatigue during the day.
- If there is obstructive sleep apnea, other cardiovascular diseases often occur. It could be shown that the obstructive sleep apnea, especially during the night, causes pronounced changes in the cardiovascular system.
Sleep Apnea: More than a restless night’s sleep
Avi Weisfogel has pointed out that patients with obstructive sleep apnea experience a drop in the oxygen concentration in the blood. Moreover, almost always, an increase in blood pressure is found. Several well-conducted studies of recent years have shown that there is an independent relationship between the presence of obstructive sleep apnea and the development of arterial hypertension. In addition, there is a correlation between the severity of respiratory distress and the extent of hypertension. A chief concern is that the longer patients are without any respiration during the night, the greater the oxygen desaturations. In patients with existing hypertension, the blood pressure can increase to between 8 and 15 mm Hg systolic and 5 to 10 mm Hg diastolic.
If hypertension is present in a patient who has an obstructive sleep apnea, then sleep apnea must be treated consistently, but that argument fails if you don’t know you suffer from sleep apnea. Weisfogel says more individuals should be scanned for sleep disturbances.
After graduating from the prestigious New York University College of Dentistry, Dr. Avi Weisfogel opened his private dental practice in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Understanding the relationship among dental and sleep issues, Weisfogel began educating his patients on sleep disturbances. He established Dental Sleep Masters, and began a nationwide instruction program for dentists on analyzing and treating sleep apnea.
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