What are Sleep Disorders?
Sleep disorders refer to a variety of sleep dysfunctions that involve the respiratory system, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea, which is an extremely serious condition. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common. Over 18 million Americans suffer from OSA. 90% of all people with OSA go undiagnosed and untreated. Dentist are the first line of defense because most primary care physician do not understand the dynamics of the oral cavity and upper airway. Ask your dentist if they see evidence of obstructive sleep apnea. Clues would be snoring, redness in the back of the throat, wear of teeth from grinding, large tongue, small retruded lower jaw, deep palate, large uvula, evidence of gastric reflux, and there are many other signs and symptoms. Dr. Jon Monette