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Sleep apnea is a common problem, yet it often goes undiagnosed. This condition is characterized by regular pauses in breathing throughout the night, which can be dangerous and leave a person feeling tired and unrested in the morning. Dental care professionals can create devices for people with this disorder that will keep the throat from closing throughout the night.
This condition is more common in overweight individuals, and as the prevalence of obesity grows in the U.S., so does the number of sleep apnea cases.
Ohio dentist James Metz knows the signs of sleep apnea all too well. He had the condition, and after losing 100 pounds and alleviating his symptoms using dental appliances, he is now on a mission to spread awareness of this issue, and how dentists can help.
"Sleep apnea is one of the biggest health issues facing our population," said Metz. "Proper detection and appropriate dental appliances can help sufferers live up to seven years longer."
Individuals who suspect that they may have sleep apnea should visit their dentists for a screening.
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