Governors Sign Sleep Apnea Awareness Proclamations

A group of governors has taken a step toward raising the awareness of sleep apnea. Twelve governors have signed proclamations that highlight the dangers of sleep apnea and name a “Sleep Apnea Awareness Day” in their state.

These proclamations are in response to the death of a sleep apnea patient following knee surgery. The patient’s son alleges that the hospital did not give his mother access to her CPAP machine following surgery and she died of sleep apnea related respiratory failure.

Following this tragedy her son contacted all 50 state governors and is still waiting to hear from many of them. A group of 12 governors immediately joined the cause and only 3 declined.

Unfortunately, many people, even some medical professionals don’t really understand the dangers of obstructive sleep apnea. Using a CPAP machine is a wonderfully effective way of managing sleep apnea but about half of patients cannot tolerate the machine and accompanying masks and hoses. Some who think they are fine with the machine wake in the middle of the night having removed the mask.

There is another effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance which is created by a dentist with special training in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, can keep the airway open during sleep. Don’t confuse these devices with the “snore” devices found in the drug store or advertised on TV. Snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea but over-the-counter devices should not be used to treat a dangerous medical problem.

Receiving the custom appliance is just the first step. Your sleep apnea dentist will then adjust the appliance, over time to protect your jaw joint, to the correct setting to manage your apnea. The vast majority of patients find using an oral appliance easy and comfortable. An added bonus – no electricity or sterile water needed!

Find out if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy to treat your obstructive sleep apnea. Contact sleep apnea dentist Dr. John Highsmith in Asheville, NC today at 828-627-9282.

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