Last year, Dental Products Report did a write-up on sleep apnea in which I outlined basic facts about the condition and its role in the developments of dental sleep medicine. Sleep apnea is a high-risk condition that affects approximately 24% of men and 9% of women in the U.S. – comprising of almost 50.4 million people. 75% of the sufferers of this condition go undiagnosed.
The important thing to keep in mind about sleep apnea is that it’s treatable. The main treatments for the condition include:
- Custom-made sleep apnea devices such as SomnoDent
- Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) Machines, which use a mask that provides air through the night to keep the airway open.
- Ear and throat surgery to clear the airway.
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