Why is it important to treat obstructive sleep apnea?

When individuals suffering from obstructive sleep apnea considers all the options for treatment, they may be tempted to not choose any of them. The masks and dental appliances need to be worn every night and the surgeries are costly, painful, and have no guarantee that they will be successful. While considering some of the treatment consequences, however, it is just as important to be reminded of the consequences from not receiving treatment.

It is estimated that a small percentage of patients with obstructive sleep apnea are being treated.

Untreated obstructive sleep apnea also increases the risk of:

  • heart attacks,
  • strokes,
  • high blood pressure,
  • decreased productivity at work,
  • decreased attentiveness at home, and
  • sudden death.  

If one thinks that they or someone they know may have obstructive sleep apnea, they should discuss their symptoms here at Az-Sleep (a division of Head Pain Institute®) with a Board Certified Sleep Doctor as soon as possible.

At AZ-Sleep, our doctors use the latest technology in home sleep testing equipment and diagnostic monitoring. Our sleep expert will complete a thorough examination in order to determine the best treatment options for each patient. The results of our in home sleep test are read by our sleep specialist to determine the presence of a sleep disorder. In addition to offering CPAP and APAP, we can provide an alternative, an oral sleep appliance. If patients meet the criteria for an oral appliance, we can fabricate one for them. We carefully monitor and track our patients’ progress and response to treatment. Our unique approach and model allows us to quickly diagnose and treat patients. If you or someone you know might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, please schedule an initial consultation today at 480-945-3629.

REFERENCE: Downey III, Ralph, et al., “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” Medscape. 18 Sept. 2012.