Are you drowsy during the day with no explanation? Do you snore loudly or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? Do you wake up tired or must listen to complaints of your snoring from a family member? If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be one of more than 30 million adults in the U.S. that have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Often, sleepers are unaware that they have OSA and may in fact regard themselves as “good sleepers” because they “can sleep anytime, anywhere” (eg, in the physician’s waiting room, in traffic, in class, at his or her office).
The good news for patients in the Hanover, PA area is that Dr. Joan Werleman of Sleep Well Dental is here to help! As a Qualified Dentist of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Werleman has the experience, extensive training in Dental Sleep Medicine and expertise to provide comfortable, painless treatment for sleep apnea.
Certain physical features or body types can make a person more likely to have sleep apnea, including:
- Prominent overbite
- Significant weight gain in recent years
- A short, large-diameter neck
- Nasal breathing obstruction
- Very crowded teeth
If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, answer the following questions. If you answer yes to more than 5 questions, you may be at high risk of sleep apnea. If so, please contact our office to schedule a sleep apnea consultation with our doctors.
- Like snoring, sleep apnea is more common in men, but it can occur in women too, especially during and after menopause.
- Having excess body weight, obesity and above normal Body Mass Index
- A narrow airway or misaligned jaw
- Neck circumference ≥ 15in. for women and ≥ 17in. for men
- Advancing age Using alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers
- Sleeping on your back
- Use of sedatives or tranquilizers
- Family history of sleep apnea.
- Central sleep apnea strikes most often in people with heart disorders, neuromuscular disorders, strokes, or brain tumors.
- Males Risk factor increases post menopause for females